TUESDAY, Jan. 25, 2022 (HealthDay News) — The distribution of free N95 masks for Americans has begun, the Biden administration announced Monday.
“Last week, the masks started shipping and arriving at area pharmacies and grocers. [the] country. We expect that throughout the week the number of stores and N95 arriving will increase significantly,” an administration official told CNN.
Masks are already in place for distribution at select Hy-Vee and Meijer grocery stores in the Midwest, with more arriving at Southeastern Grocers stores later this week, CNN reported.
“I can confirm that we began receiving and distributing our first shipments of N95 masks from HHS on Friday, January 21,” Hy-Vee spokeswoman Christina Gaymen told CNN. “As of now, many Hy-Vee pharmacies have received and are distributing their mask allocations. We have received many positive comments from customers who are happy that we have the masks and are distributing them so quickly. We still have masks available at all locations that have received them so far. »
The administration announced last week that the program to distribute 400 million free masks to pharmacies and community health centers is expected to be in full swing in early February.
The masks are accompanied by leaflets in English and Spanish from the US Department of Health and Human Services. “Mask up and maximize your protection” to “help slow the spread of Covid by protecting yourself and those around you,” the flyer says.
Each person can have up to three free masks that include a QR code with instructions on proper mask use, as well as a link on mask use from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The free masks — from the strategic national stockpile — will also start arriving at about 100 to 200 community health centers in the initial phase, according to the Health Resources and Services Administration.
By mid-February, the agency expects the masks to be available at all health centers, Amy Simmons Farber, spokeswoman for the National Association of Community Health Centers, told CNN.
The masks are being delivered just as the first round of free COVID tests arrive in the mail for many Americans.
Visit the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to learn more about masks.
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