Wal-Mart, Mollen offering swine flu vaccine

RALEIGH The H1N1 vaccine is still tough to find for a lot of people in the high risk groups. Even pediatricians, obstetrics and family doctors are having problems getting the vaccination.

But one of the places it is available at is Wal-Mart.

There were seven Wal-Marts in central North Carolina that offered an H1N1 clinic Wednesday.

"It's a great thing," shopper Ceil Timpone said. "You're coming into the store anyway and to have this set up it's just so convenient and so many other places don't have it."

However, some say it strikes them as odd that they can get the vaccine at the store and not at their doctor's office.

"Well, it is Wal-Mart, I guess you can get anything here," shopper Heidi O'Donnell said.

"My doctor's office says they didn't know if they would get it, so here it was easy," shopper Laurie Jeffries added.

But how does Wal-Mart have the vaccine when many doctors don't? The fact is the store isn't providing the vaccine, a company called Mollen Immunization is providing the vaccination.

Mollen is a national chain that the state considers a pharmacy and the state gives out 5 percent of its vaccine to pharmacies.

Click here for more information about Wal-Mart's and Mollen's clinics

So how did Mollen get enough to run clinics at multiple Wal-Marts?

"We've distributed to them based on the statewide numbers," said North Carolina H1N1 vaccine distributor Brandon Rector. "So if they're focusing on Raleigh, they're taking vaccine we've given to them based on numbers for the whole state and they're focusing it on Raleigh."

A Mollen spokesman tells ABC11 Eyewitness News that this was the first shipment of the H1N1 vaccine the company has gotten from the state and said as they get more, they will hold more clinics in other Wal-Marts around North Carolina.

Locations of the Triangle clinics: Wednesday, November 18

  • 1725 New Hope church Rd. in Raleigh
  • 6600 Glenwood Ave in Raleigh
  • 4500 Fayetteville Rd. in Raleigh
  • 841 East Gannon Ave in Zebulon
  • 1299 N. Brightleaf in Smithfield
  • 714 Granville Corners in Oxford
  • 901 US Hwy 401 bypass in Laurinburg
  • Thursday, November 19

  • 7106 Knightdale Blvd in Knightdale
  • 2114 S. Main St. in Wake Forest
  • 805 Town Ctr. Blvd. in Clayton
  • 279 Franklin Plaza in Louisburg
  • 590 Jackson Blvd in Erwin
  • 1205 Eastern Ave. in Nashville
  • 4601 Ramsey St. in Fayetteville
  • Friday, November 20, 2009

  • 4431 New Bern Ave. in Raleigh
  • 5141 NC Hwy 42 in Garner
  • 1051 E. Broad St. in Fuquay-Varina
  • 200 N. Cooper Rd. in Henderson
  • 3030 N. Main in Hope Mills
  • 930 Hwy 711 east in Pembroke
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