CVS: 250,000 Covid-19 Vaccine Doses To Become Available In Stores In 11 States Next Week


CVS Health, which has been working with Walgreens to vaccinate nursing home residents and staff, will begin to offer vaccines Feb. 11 against Covid-19 “to eligible populations at a limited number of CVS pharmacy locations across 11 states.”

CVS said the supply for the initial rollout will be about 250,000 total doses. “As more supply becomes available the company will expand to additional states while increasing the number of stores offering vaccinations,” the drugstore giant said Tuesday.

The states include California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia. Whether someone is eligible is based on each state’s rules, CVS said in a press release. CVS said vaccines inside their retail locations are offered “on an appointment-only basis via or through the CVS Pharmacy app, and those without online access can contact customer service: (800) 746-7287.”

Meanwhile, Walgreens disclosed later Tuesday afternoon that it had been selected to by the federal government to provide a limited number of Covid-19 vaccinations “across 15 states and jurisdictions as part of the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program,” the company said. Walgreens didn’t say how many Covid-19 vaccine doses were being made available.

Walgreens said the states and jurisdictions include: Chicago, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, New York City, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, Vermont, Wisconsin and West Virginia.


Though a small number of stores and vaccine dosages, the offering of vaccines in more retail locations like CVS and Walgreens is key to reaching a broader population of Americans. Nearly 90% of Americans live within a 10-mile radius of a pharmacy, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said last year during a panel on vaccine distribution.

“Our presence in communities across the country makes us an ideal partner for administering vaccines in a safe, convenient, and familiar manner,” CVS Health president and chief executive Karen Lynch said. “This is particularly true for underserved communities, which have been a focus for us throughout the pandemic.”

Last month, Walgreens and CVS said they have the combined ability to vaccinate 50 million Americans a month against Covid-19 once the shots are available to the general public by the end of March and early April, the drugstore chains said in separate appearance at the JPMorgan Healthcare Conference.

Meanwhile, CVS said it has administered the first round of Covid-19 vaccine doses to nearly 8,000 skilled nursing facilities. Second doses in these facilities to these nursing homes are “more than 60% complete,” CVS said. “First doses at all long-term care facilities that selected CVS Health to provide COVID-19 vaccinations – more than 40,000 in total – will be complete by mid-February.”

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