CVS expands its COVID-19 vaccine program to 29 states as more doses become available
- The added states include Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina.
CVSis now administering vaccines in around 1,200 stores across 29 states, the company said.
- Appointments for the doses in just-added states are available for booking starting Saturday, CVS said.
Starting Saturday, eligible residents in another 12 states can begin booking COVID-19
This week, the vaccines rolled out to CVS locations in Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nevada, Oklahoma, Utah, Minnesota, and Vermont.
The company is now administering vaccines in nearly 1,200 stores across 29 states and Puerto Rico, Philadelphia and New York City, CVS Health said in a statement.
"We're increasing the number of active stores and expanding to additional states as fast as supply allows, with the capacity to administer 20 25 million shots per month," said Karen S. Lynch, President and Chief Executive Officer, CVS Health. "We're also focused on priority populations, including vulnerable communities disproportionately impacted by the
The expansion comes as part of the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program that was announced by the White House last month, stipulating that over 40,000 pharmacies nationwide will receive vaccine doses to give to eligible populations.
In February, select CVS Pharmacy locations began offering COVID-19 vaccine doses in 17 states as part of the program.
President Joe Biden announced earlier this month that pre-K through 12 educators, staff, and child care workers should receive at least one shot of the two-dose vaccine by the end of March.
This eligible group made up over 30% of COVID-19 vaccine appointments at CVS pharmacies between March 3 and March 10, the company said.
Separately, the pharmacy giant said its vaccine rollout at long-term care facilities has been a "success."
Its pharmacy teams completed providing second doses at all nursing facilities and that the third and final visits are 90% complete, CVS said. Additionally, the second vaccine doses at assisted living and other facilities are 91% complete, it said.
The company administered around 4.5 million COVID-19 vaccine doses through the Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program, offered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention , to facilitate on-site vaccinations for staff and residents at over 65,000 enrolled long-term care facilities.
On Wednesday, Target began providing vaccine doses in over 600 CVS pharmacies located inside its store locations.
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