By Ann Frances –
Approximately 100 CVS stores in California, including in Irvine, on Feb. 11, 2021 will become COVID-19 vaccination distribution sites, the pharmacy chain has announced. CVS stores in 10 other states will also administer the COVID-19 vaccination, but in far fewer locations than in California.
Vaccines will be administered by appointment only to those that are eligible to receive them, based on the state’s allocation guidelines. Those interested can being to make their appointments online beginning Feb. 9. Vaccinating will begin Feb. 11.
Vaccination sites in the 11 states involved in the vaccine rollout were selected based on priority populations that were identified by each state’s department of health. The initial vaccine supply is expected to be about 250,000 doses, according to the company’s website. More locations will be added as supplies become available. Eventually, the COVID-19 vaccine will be offered in most all of the nearly 10,000 CVS Health stores. The company’s website indicates that at that time they expect to administer up to 25 million doses a month.
“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. “This is particularly true for underserved communities, which have been a focus for us throughout the pandemic.” Lynch on Feb. 2, 2021 was named CEO of the pharmacy chain.
The chain of retail stores and pharmacies is a “primary vaccination partner” for the Federal Pharmacy Program. As of publication, the stores in the 11 states that will be vaccination sites include: California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia.
Anyone interested must register for an appointment prior to visiting a store. Those without internet access can call customer service at 800-746-7287.
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