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Free N95 Masks Are Now Available at Pharmacies and Retail Locations Across the Country.! Latest News!

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Pharmacies and health facilities around the country have begun distributing the first of 400 million N95 masks being distributed by the White House to combat the rapidly spreading omicron coronavirus type.

President Joe Biden announced the programme last week, distributing masks from the Strategic National Stockpile in response to health professionals’ emphasis on the critical nature of high-quality face coverings for protection against the omicron form.

“We know these masks offer superior protection over cotton masks,” Dr Tom Inglesby, the administration’s Covid testing coordinator, stated last week.

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According to the Department of Health and Human Services, the masks would be distributed nationally at “thousands of pharmacies and community health centres.” The agency defined the operation as “the largest deployment of the Strategic National Stockpile to date” and “the largest deployment of personal protective equipment in United States history.”

According to a White House official, Mills Civic Hy-Vee in West Des Moines, Iowa, began distributing masks on Friday, and Hy-Vee expects to have masks available shortly at its 200-plus locations throughout Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, Kansas, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and Nebraska.

The masks were accompanied by flyers urging people to “mask up and optimise their safety.”

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The Meijer supermarket chain has also received masks and will distribute them throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, and Wisconsin, according to the official. The N95 masks will be displayed in boxes near Meijer Greeter stands located at shop entrances.

The masks will begin arriving at Southeastern Grocers locations on Friday and will be available in the company’s Fresco y Más, Harveys Supermarket, and Winn-Dixie in-store pharmacies.

Free N95 Masks Are Now Available at Pharmacies and Retail Locations Across the Country.! Latest News!
Free N95 Masks Are Now Available at Pharmacies and Retail Locations Across the Country.! Latest News!

According to NBC Chicago, a Walgreens representative said the retailer intends to begin handing out masks at select locations on Friday. “Signage indicating mask availability will be placed in participating stores,” a spokesman said.

A New York judge invalidates the state’s mask mandate.

Meanwhile, Kroger tweeted Monday that it is offering “free N95 masks at shops” that have a pharmacy. CVS and Walmart have indicated that they would begin selling the masks soon.

According to the White House, individuals would be limited to three masks per person to assure widespread access. It is unknown how many of these have been distributed thus far.

Late this week, Jeff Zients, the White House Covid-19 response coordinator, stated that “we have already delivered millions of these masks out and across the country, and masks will begin to be distributed at local pharmacies and community health centres in the coming days.”

The White House has stated that the government hopes to fully operationalize the programme by early February.

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Additionally, the White House has devised a strategy to distribute hundreds of millions of free Covid-19 home tests — up to four per household — to those who want them.

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