Starbucks wants to make getting a coronavirus vaccine in the United States as easy as grabbing a grande latte.
Washington State officials tapped the coffee giant to help them ramp up the state’s COVID-19 vaccination capacity with the goal of inoculating 45,000 people a day.
The Seattle-based chain has a team of engineers helping state officials set up vaccination centres that can efficiently inoculate large numbers of people without sacrificing patients’ comfort, Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson said.
Washington officials are currently vaccinating between 13,000 and 15,000 people each day. While the state’s goal of 45,000 daily shots would outpace its supply of 100,000 doses a week, officials want to have more capacity in place before the feds start sending more vaccines.