HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — Department of Health Acting Secretary Alison Beam joined Federal Retail Pharmacy Partnership retail partner representatives to discuss the ongoing vaccination efforts in Pennsylvania.

The federal vaccination program was first launched in Pennsylvania in January. Their efforts continue with the goal in mind to ensure that vaccinations are accessible close to home and from trusted providers.

“Our retail partners have, without hesitation, taken on a number of missions to vaccinate Pennsylvanians, such as working with the Department of Human Services, the Department of Aging and other state agencies to vaccinate long-term care facility residents and staff, and community organizations,” Beam said.

Representatives from federal retail pharmacies signed a Letter of Intent highlighting past support for and continued partnership with the Department of Health efforts. Such representatives included Albertsons, Amerisource, Costco, Rite Aid, Walgreens and more.

Since the COVID-19 vaccines were approved through the Emergency Use Authorization by the FDA and CDC, roughly 25% of the nearly 10 million vaccinations in Pennsylvania were provided by one of the partners.

“Each time we have asked our retail partners for assistance, they have stepped up to the plate and said yes,” Beam said. “Their commitment has been exemplary, and we look forward to the continued collaboration to vaccinate Pennsylvanians.”