The COVID-19 vaccine is rolling out to CVS stores in a dozen more states.
A day after Target announced CVS pharmacies in more than 600 of its stores were administering vaccinations, the drugstore chain said it is continuing to increase the number of pharmacies offering vaccinations and to expand access to additional states.
CVS said appointments in the “newly activated states” will start to become available for booking on Saturday, March 13.
The new states are: Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nevada, Oklahoma, Utah and Vermont. After previously expanding to New York and Pennsylvania, CVS said it also will administer vaccines in New York City and Philadelphia.
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CVS Health President and CEO Karen Lynch said in a news release Thursday that the company is “increasing the number of active stores and expanding to additional states as fast as supply allows.” She said the company said it has the capacity to administer 20 million to 25 million shots per month.
The vaccines currently are available only at select locations and for eligible populations, which vary state by state.
CVS, Walgreens, Walmart, Kroger and other major retailers with pharmacies started administering their first COVID-19 vaccine doses in February as part of the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program for COVID-19 Vaccination. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is administering the program.
According to USA TODAY’s vaccine tracker, which is frequently updated, as of Wednesday, about 18.8% of people in the U.S. have received at least one COVID-19 shot and about 9.9% of people have received both doses of the vaccine. About 25.1% of the shots distributed haven’t been used yet.
COVID vaccine for teachers
On March 2, President Joe Biden called on states to prioritize educators, school staff members and childcare workers for grades K through 12 to receive at least one vaccine shot by the end of March. The president does not have the authority to direct states on vaccine distribution but said the administration would use its federal partnership with local pharmacies to prioritize school workers.
“I want to be very clear, not every educator will be able to get their appointment in the first week, but our goal is to do everything we can to help every educator receive a shot this month,” he said. “We’re making progress from the mess we inherited. We’re moving in the right direction.”
CVS said Thursday that from March 3 to 10, educators “accounted for more than 30 percent of COVID-19 vaccine appointments at CVS Pharmacy locations.”
Lynch said the company is focused “on priority populations, including vulnerable communities disproportionately impacted by the pandemic as well as teachers and school support staff.”
The CDC says people who are fully vaccinated may get together with other fully vaccinated individuals in small groups without masks.
CVS COVID-19 vaccine appointments
CVS, which has nearly 10,000 locations, including pharmacies inside Target stores, said as vaccine supply becomes available through the federal program, it will expand to additional states while increasing the number of stores offering vaccinations.
CVS is requiring appointments for the vaccine, which can be made at CVS.com or through the CVS Pharmacy app. Anyone without internet access can call 800-746-7287.
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States CVS is offering COVID vaccines
As of March 10, CVS says it is now administering vaccines in nearly 1,200 stores across 29 states and Puerto Rico.
The states are:
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- New Jersey
- New York
- Puerto Rico
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
Contributing: Nathan Bomey, Janie Haseman and Courtney Subramanian, USA TODAY
Follow USA TODAY reporter Kelly Tyko on Twitter: @KellyTyko
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