CVS Health expands community access to COVID-19 vaccines

Starting Thursday, February 11, CVS Health will begin to offer COVID-19 vaccinations to eligible populations at a limited number of CVS Pharmacy locations across 11 states.

Supply for the initial rollout, which is sourced directly from the federal government through the pharmacy partnership program, will be approximately 250,000 total doses. As more supply becomes available the company will expand to additional states while increasing the number of stores offering vaccinations.

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

There are nearly 10,000 CVS Pharmacy locations nationwide, with almost half located in communities ranked high or very high in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Social Vulnerability Index. More than 90,000 health care professionals including pharmacists, licensed pharmacy technicians, and nurses will participate in the vaccination effort, giving CVS Pharmacy the capacity to administer 20 – 25 million shots per mont

Appointments will be available as we receive vaccines from these programs.

CVS has administered millions of COVID-19 tests to date. They have years of experience safely administering vaccines, such as those for flu, shingles and pneumonia. They offer easy and convenient online scheduling options so you can schedule both required doses at the same time.

CVS Health immunizers may include pharmacists, pharmacy interns and trained pharmacy technicians, as well as other qualified health care professionals depending on the state’s specific regulations. All CVS Health immunizers will be certified according to company regulations, trained in the administration of immunizations and hold an active CPR certification.

When patients make an appointment for their initial shot online or through the CVS Pharmacy® app, they will be prompted to schedule an appointment for their booster dose at the same time. The booster dose will be scheduled within the appropriate time frame, allowing enough time for a potential reschedule of the appointment. Upon receiving their first dose, patients will be provided with a mandated vaccine card with all relevant vaccination information. Detailed reporting will be shared with state, local or territorial public health authorities.