CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Big Y Pharmacy and Wellness Centers in Massachusetts has signed up to administer COVID-19 vaccines, once they are approved for use in the U.S.

According to a news release sent to 22News from Big Y, the partnership with the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services is designed to help provide access to the vaccine across the country quickly and efficiently. Big Y is going to make the vaccines available at its 33 pharmacy locations at no cost to customers.

“We are proud to partner with the United States government in order to provide free COVID-19 vaccines to our customers. When a vaccine is available, our pharmacy teams will be ready to administer them as per CDC guidelines,” said Charles L. D’Amour, President and CEO of Big Y.

In addition to providing COVID-vaccines in the future, Big Y offers flu shots, and other routine vaccines. Pharmacy workers will also be given additional training on how to give the COVID-19 vaccine, as well as to educate people about the process of the vaccination.

22News spoke with Steven Nordstrom, Director of Pharmacy at Big Y Foods Inc., to discuss the potential process of administering the vaccine.

“We will most likely have an appointment scheduled for you to come in and get your vaccination, initially until there is more product available,” Nordstrom explained. “It will most likely be a two shot dose of your immunization and then a booster is required, four to six weeks, potentially after the first one.”

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