SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — Ralphs says it has started vaccinating its healthcare workers for COVID-19 in its stores in Los Angeles and Riverside counties with San Diego County and more slated for next week.
The grocery store chain will begin administering the coronavirus vaccine to pharmacists and healthcare staff in San Diego, Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties, and Long Beach the week of Jan. 11.
Those receiving the vaccine at the chain's pharmacies are eligible as part of a county's Phase 1A distribution for free.
"Our most urgent priority throughout this pandemic has been to provide a safe environment for our associates and customers while meeting our societal obligation to provide open stores and access to fresh, affordable food," said Dr. Linh Lee, Director of Pharmacy/Health & Wellness at Ralphs. "We are pleased that through our advocacy efforts our frontline associates have been moved to Phase 1B of the COVID-19 vaccine distribution."
Frontline grocery workers in California will be part of Phase 1B vaccine distribution.
Ralphs said it will follow guidance from local health departments on how their vaccine distribution plans for the general public.