One year ago there were only a handful of cases in the United States. Businesses were open, friends and families would give hugs, and masks weren't even a thought. None of us knew what the months ahead would bring, and the losses we would face due to the pandemic. Thankfully, the light at the end of the tunnel is getting brighter due to COVID-19 vaccines at pharmacies such as Walgreens and CVS Health.
At the time of reporting, over 52.8 million COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in the United States. At the beginning of the year, COVID-19 vaccinations were only available at specific sites making it difficult for healthcare workers and older Americans to receive their vaccines. However that all changes now with the federal government sending vaccine supplies to pharmacies such as Walgreens, CVS Health, Rite Aid, and Kroger.
How To Get the Covid-19 Vaccine at Walgreens, CVS, and Kroger
According to Yahoo! Finance, the vaccine rollout is taking place after the Biden administration activated the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program to enable a more wide-spread vaccine distribution to pharmacy chains across the nation.
The pharmacies will also be following the State and CDC eligibility for vaccine allocation.
The Following Chains are Offering COVIS-19 Vaccines
Walmart and Sam's Club Pharmacies
More than 1,000 Walmart and Sam's Club pharmacies in 22 states are getting federal vaccine allocations. States include Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming.
Rite-Aid is receiving vaccine doses in five states and two municipal jurisdictions: California, Michigan, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and its largest city, Philadelphia, and New York City
Walgreens is starting to give its first doses to healthcare workers, those over 65, and those with pre-existing conditions.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is shipping a limited supply of doses to Walgreens in Chicago and other parts of Illinois, Connecticut, Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York and New York City, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, Vermont, Wisconsin, and West Virginia. Use Walgreen's appointment scheduler to make your immunization appointment.
Available now, vaccination appointments can be scheduled for eligible people in California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, and Virginia. Walk-ins will not be available at the drugstores. Customers can sign up online or on the CVS pharmacy app.
Publix is currently taking appointments for the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to eligible individuals at 593 Publix pharmacies in 41 Florida counties. Last week the appointments filled up within the hour.
Costco is offering a limited number of Moderna vaccines at some locations in New York City, Oregon, Puerto Rico, and Washington.
The grocery store is offering a limited supply in states such as Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Nevada, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, Utah, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. The chain plans to offer vaccines at its 2,200 pharmacies and 220 clinics in 35 states.
Albertsons, which runs individual banners such as Vons, Safeway, ACME, and Jewel-Osco will be offering vaccines. Patients should check out the individual sites of the stores for availability.
The grocery store is offering doses of the vaccine at some of its in-store pharmacies in Iowa and South Dakota.
The COVID-19 vaccine is currently being offered at select locations in Michigan as well as Illinois.
The Texas-based store is offering the vaccine at select pharmacies in Texas.
The chain, which owns Stop & Shop, is currently scheduling vaccines in New York and Massachusetts.
The chain started giving over 8,000 free vaccines to eligible customers at Winn-Dixie, Fresco y Más, and Harveys Supermarket locations throughout Florida.
Acme Fresh Market
Acme Fresh Market is offering vaccination appointments at its pharmacies in Ohio.
Big Y is offering appointments for vaccination in Massachusetts and Connecticut.
The East-coast grocer is offering shots at some pharmacies in and Massachusetts, New York, and Pennsylvania.
The chain is offering the shot at stores in Indiana, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.