- CVS stores in Florida, Alabama, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Louisiana and Ohio will now have vaccines.
- About 570,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine will be distributed at CVS pharmacies.
- The appointment of vaccines for these doses will begin on February 25.
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The selected CVS pharmacy locations will offer about 570,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine in 17 states, including the newly added states of Florida, Alabama, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Louisiana and Ohio, CVS Health said in a press release Wednesday.
Eligible people can book appointments from Feb. 24 for these doses with photos starting Feb. 25, the company said. Doses will be provided through the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program, a plan designed to increase access to the vaccine in which more than 40,000 U.S. pharmacies are set to receive vaccine doses to offer eligible people free of charge from Feb. 1
CVS offers vaccines on a limited basis in Ohio because it relies on state funds, but now that the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program is activated in the state, the number of stores will increase as supply increases, a company spokesman told Insider.
The distribution of the vaccines in the CVS Health store initially began Feb. 12 in 11 states, including California, Hawaii, Texas, South Carolina, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maryland and Virginia. According to the press release, CVS Pharmacy can administer between 20 million and 25 million photos per month.
Locations were selected based on a number of factors, including the high rank of SVI determined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Index, Population Density and Demographics, according to CVS.
“The feedback on every aspect of the vaccination process has been incredibly positive, from the digital experience to interacting with our team of healthcare professionals,” said Karen C. Lynch, president and CEO of CVS Health in a press release. “We are also making significant progress in reaching vulnerable communities, which will continue to be an essential part of our vaccination efforts.”
The pharmaceutical company added that it will expand to additional states when more offers are offered. The spokesman declined to share future expansion plans with Insider at the moment.
Last week, the drugstore chain said it had administered more than three million COVID-19 vaccines and about 15 million COVID-19 tests nationwide.
Separately, Walgreens will receive a weekly distribution of more than 480,000 doses of vaccine, starting Feb. 25, the company announced last week. He also said he has provided more than three million vaccinations in long-term facilities and vulnerable communities that are a priority for the state.
As part of the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program, Walgreens began vaccinations in stores in 17 states and administered about 180,000 doses from the first weekly distribution of vaccines, the company said.