By Karen Morfitt

DENVER (CBS4)– Coloradans will now have more options when it comes to getting the COVID vaccine. Those who are eligible under state guidelines can sign up starting Friday through select Walmart stores, in addition, King Soopers is expanding the number of stores they have distributing doses.

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Both are part of the U.S. Federal Retail Pharmacy Program, giving them an additional supply of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to expand access.

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“I was going to go to Greeley tomorrow to get my shots but if I can get it done here, it will save me a lot of traveling.” Alan Crespin said.

He and his wife were planning to travel an hour north to Greeley to get their shots but say using their neighborhood pharmacy would be far more convenient

“I come here for all my vaccines,” he said standing outside the Thornton Walmart, one of 28 stores in Colorado that will begin distribution.

Participating in the federal program will allow retail pharmacies to get direct shipments of the vaccine, versus waiting on local health care providers to divvy up state doses.

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Officials with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment say it’s exciting to see more doses coming into the state.

“It is being directed directly by the federal government. We’re still trying to get true clarity on exactly how many doses.” Scott Bookman, COVID-19 Incident Commander for CDPHE said.

Bookman says being part of the federal program will be key in expanding access to the vaccine to areas with few health care options.

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“We do know that for many Coloradans, the easiest way to access this vaccine may be at their local pharmacy,” he said.

Jim Carry in Westminster already has his name on lists with two major health care providers in the Denver metro area but says there would have been a real benefit in using the pharmacy he visits regularly.

“It’s just handier when you can get in your car and go 10 minutes and get here to get the shots,” he said.

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Both stores require appointments with online registration.

Right now in Colorado, health care workers, those 65 years and up, K-12 education and child care workers are eligible to receive the COVID vaccine.

LINKS: King Soopers | City Market | Walmart | Sam’s Club 

Participating Walmart Stores In Colorado:

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Walmart #869 3333 CLARK ST ALAMOSA CO 81101
Sam’s Club #6630 7370 W 52ND AVE ARVADA CO 80002
Walmart #1689 5650 S CHAMBERS RD AURORA CO 80015
Walmart #6178 10400 E COLFAX AVENUE AURORA CO 80010
Walmart #5334 3301 TOWER RD AURORA CO 80011
Walmart #1019 3105 E US HIGHWAY 50 CANON CITY CO 81212
Walmart #984 133 SAM WALTON LANE CASTLE ROCK CO 80104
Walmart #1200 3201 E PLATTE AVE COLORADO SPRINGS CO 80909
Walmart #2752 5990 DAHLIA ST COMMERCE CITY CO 80022
Walmart #3127 5141 CHAMBERS RD DENVER CO 80239
Walmart #3128 1442 S PARKER RD DENVER CO 80231
Walmart #2270 1155 S CAMINO DEL RIO DURANGO CO 81303
Walmart #2729 1250 E MAGNOLIA ST FORT COLLINS CO 80524
Walmart #1273 6310 S US HIGHWAY 85-87 FOUNTAIN CO 80817
Walmart #1280 2881 NORTH AVE GRAND JUNCTION CO 81501
Walmart #5051 920 47TH AVE GREELEY CO 80634
Walmart #1384 6 CONLEY RD LA JUNTA CO 81050
Walmart #1308 7700 W QUINCY AVE LITTLETON CO 80123
Walmart #5370 2514 MAIN ST LONGMONT CO 80504
Walmart #2892 11101 S PARKER RD PARKER CO 80134
Walmart #1001 4080 W NORTHERN AVE PUEBLO CO 81005
Walmart #5828 2730 S. PRAIRIE AVE. PUEBLO CO 81005
Walmart #3382 78 N MCCULLOCH BLVD PUEBLO WEST CO 81007
Walmart #924 1510 W MAIN ST STERLING CO 80751
Walmart #1231 9901 GRANT ST THORNTON CO 80229
Walmart #962 2921 TOUPAL DR TRINIDAD CO 81082
Walmart #2223 9499 SHERIDAN BLVD WESTMINSTER CO 80031

Karen Morfitt