CVS now booking COVID-19 vaccination appointments for 570,000 in 17 states

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CVS now booking COVID-19 vaccination appointments for 570,000 in 17 states

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The bid to inoculate the country against a virus that has killed more than 500,000 Americans is picking up. CVS Health on Wednesday began booking appointments to offer COVID-19 vaccinations in a total of 17 states, with about 570,000 doses available to be injected into arms starting Thursday, according to the pharmacy chain. 

The drugstore giant said it was expanding pharmacy locations offering vaccinations to eligible populations to include Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Louisiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania through a federal program run by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

CVS starting offering vaccinations earlier this month at pharmacies in 11 states: California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia. 

The White House on February 17 said it was doubling the amount of doses being delivered to retail pharmacies across the U.S., broadening the shipments from the 1 million doses sent to 6,500 pharmacies the prior week. It said 2 million doses a week would be shipped to outlets going forward and eventually will include 40,000 stores nationwide.

CVS is “making significant progress in reaching vulnerable communities, which will continue to be an essential part of our vaccination effort,” Karen S. Lynch, president and chief executive of CVS Health, said Wednesday in a news release.

CVS, which operates nearly 10,000 pharmacies nationwide, said it has the capacity to administer 20 million to 25 million shots per month. Those looking to book an appointment can do so through CVS.com or through the company’s pharmacy app. Those without online access can call customer service at (800) 746-7287.



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