By Kate Gibson

12th February 2021 / 2:49 p.m.
/ MoneyWatch

The bumpy US. Coronavirus vaccine rollout gets shot in the arm at a dose of 1 million as pharmacies across the country join efforts

The federal government started sending supplies of COVID-19 vaccines to 21 national drugstore chains and independent pharmacies this week in an effort to accelerate the spread of the program, based on the availability of vaccine supplies, according to the U. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Pharmacies and retailers are also working with states to accelerate vaccination efforts

National drugstore chains CVS Health and Walgreens get COVID-19 vaccines from the federal government, among other things.But getting a shot isn’t as easy as walking through the pharmacy door, instead, consumers are discouraged from flocking into stores register by making an appointment online or by phone

“The federal government is providing 1 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine for the start of the program,” a CDC spokesman said in an email to CBS MoneyWatch. “We cannot confirm how many doses the pharmacy partners have in the coming Administered weekly for weeks However, weekly allocations are expected to increase as vaccine supplies increase “

Overall, the federal government is working with 21 national pharmacy chains and independent networks to improve access to COVID-19 vaccines in the U.S.According to the agency, the participating pharmacies vary by state The CDC offers state accounting for which retailers receive vaccine doses this week

For example, in Alabama, Walmart pharmacies will receive the vaccine at the federal level, while in California CVS and Rite Aid are expected to receive doses of the vaccine at Hy-Vee and CPESN USA sites in Iowa, as well as at Albertsons, Costco, and Health Mart pharmacies in Iowa Washington State Shipped Look up your condition here

Hillcrest Pharmacy in Vernon, Texas received its first federal shipment of Moderna vaccine mouth at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, vaccinating patients at 3:30 p.m., according to AmerisourceBergen, a pharmaceutical wholesaler and cooperative of 4500 independent pharmacies

The rural city with 11000 residents has a sizable elderly population, and the pharmacy has many Medicare patients. Most of the pharmacy’s patients cannot travel to large vaccination clinics, an Amerisource spokesman told CBS MoneyWatch. Hilcrest owners Adam and Traci Bayer reported interim 500 and 1000 patients on their waiting list, he added,

Walgreens plans, as part of the federal program, from Dec. Have a limited number of COVID-19 vaccinations in 15 states and jurisdictions, including healthcare workers 65 years of age and older and those with pre-existing conditions as potential candidates Consumers can use Walgreens’ organizer, subject to government guidelines, even though the system has reportedly had a temporary outage

The CDC will ship a limited number of cans to Walgreens in Chicago and other parts of Illinois, Connecticut, Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York and New York City, North Carolina, Puerto Rico Vermont, Wisconsin, and West Virginia The company also delivers the vaccine with local grants in parts of Arkansas, California, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Nevada, Ohio, South Carolina, and Texas

CVS was originally scheduled to launch on Nov. Beginning February and has postponed the start of its pharmacy vaccination efforts at a limited number of locations in 11 states until the following day The company has booked appointments through its scheduling system for CVScom or the CVS Pharmacy App. Those who do not have online access can call (800) 746-4287

“Because active business changes regularly due to vaccine supplies, CVS Health will not provide a full list of participating locations,” read an update earlier this week

The initial rollout of CVS is around 250000 total doses given to eligible individuals in California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, and Virginia. Regardless, CVS uses the vaccine state allocations to provide immunizations for eligible populations in To offer Indiana and Ohio in business

“As more supplies become available, the company will expand into more states while increasing the number of stores that sell vaccinations,” said the chain, which has nearly 10 nationwide000 pharmacies operates

More than 1000 Walmart and Sam’s Club pharmacies in 22 states receive federal vaccine grants The recordings should be from the 12th February These include Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Wyoming

The retail giant also gives state-assigned vaccinations in 11 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico (you can see if a Walmart pharmacy near you will deliver the COVID-19 vaccine here, confirm eligibility, and get one here Make an appointment)

“Ninety percent of the country lives within 10 miles of a Walmart. We are at the heart of many rural and underserved communities, and we are committed to providing access to vaccines as soon as groups come into question “Dr Cheryl Pegus, executive vice president of Walmart, Health & Wellness, said in a press release on Tuesday

Rite Aid is receiving federal doses at some of its pharmacies in five states and two local jurisdictions: California, Michigan, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and its largest cities, Philadelphia and New York City, a spokesperson said in an email CBS MoneyWatch “These allocations will complement existing and ongoing state and local allocations,” he added,

The Rite Aid chain, the 2ndOperates 450 stores in 18 states, has limited information on registering for a vaccination

Publix announced that starting Nov. February Dates were set for the administration of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to eligible individuals at 593 Publix pharmacies in 41 Florida counties using the doses provided by the state and federal government Publix pharmacies also distributed the vaccine to people in Georgia, South Carolina and Virginia. The company’s online reservation system is available here

Costco offers a limited number of COVID-19 vaccines, usually Moderna, in some locations in New York, Oregon, Puerto Rico, and Washington The camp club announced this in an update on its website

Kroger pharmacies have limited stocks of vaccines and are now offering them in a number of locations in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Nevada, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, United States at Utah, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin, according to an update from the company, consumers can check appointment availability here

Kroger – the country’s largest food chain – announced in December that its health unit would be introducing the vaccine in Dec.Will offer 200 pharmacies and 220 clinics in 35 states

Albertsons Companies, which has more than 1 in its grocery stores in 34 statesOperates 700 pharmacies, also receives direct allocations of vaccines from the federal government. Consumers can check availability on the food and drug dealer’s numerous individual banners: ACME, Albertsons, Carrs, Haggen, Jewel-Osco, Pavillon, Randalls, Safeway, Shaws, Star Market , Tom Thumb, United Supermarkets and Vons

At Albertson’s own Lucky Pharmacy in Salt Lake City, Utah, the COVID-19 vaccine is being billed as “Coming Soon” “

Hy-Vee operates 275 stores in eight Midwestern states and offers federal doses of the vaccine at some of its pharmacies in Iowa and South Dakota. Appointments can be made here

Meijer plans to start the week of the 8th February up to 25Deliver 000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine at clinics in its stores across Michigan State residents 65 and older can pre-register through the company’s website The retailer operates 256 supercenters and grocery stores in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Michigan

H-E-B, which operates more than 400 stores in Texas and Mexico, has the vaccine available at some pharmacies in Texas. Check availability for new appointments here

Ahold Delhaize companies also offer the vaccine, which includes Stop & Shop, which operates 250 pharmacies in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York and New Jersey. Hannaford is currently planning appointments in two of the five states the company operates in is, New York and Massachusetts Giant Food brand offers planning links to customers in Washington, D, Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia Go to https: // Riesenfuttercom / pages / covid-info for details

Southeastern Grocers began on Nov. February with the submission of 8100 free Moderna COVID-19 vaccine doses to eligible customers in some Winn-Dixie, Fresco y Más and Harveys supermarkets across Florida

Some of Topco Associates’ numerous brands also receive federal vaccine shipments. Acme Fresh Market is offering vaccine appointments at its Ohio pharmacies even though the check was last fully booked. Check for updates here

Big Y is selling the vaccine in pharmacies in Massachusetts and Connecticut Wegmans is offering shots in several pharmacies in and in Massachusetts, New York, and Pennsylvania

Topco-branded Giant Eagle is selling the vaccine in pharmacies in Indiana, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia, while Brookshire Grocery has established an online waiting list in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas Food City is ready to offer the vaccine, but currently only has it in pharmacies in Virginia Price Chopper / Market 32 ​​has the vaccine in some pharmacies in Massachusetts, New York, and Pennsylvania Click here to see if you are eligible

Health Mart – a chain of 5000 independent pharmacies in the USAS The Beaver Health Mart in Pennsylvania paused its online registration and said it would resume inquiries once supplies are replenished. Missouri residents can try to register here on the Parkland Health Mart Pharmacy website / p>

Wayne Drug, a Health Mart dispensary in Oswego, New York, used social media to keep customers updated

Covid Vaccine-65 and above: Call Wayne with name, D / O / B, and cell phone. A text notification will be sent about the offer

The Community Pharmacy Enhanced Service Network (CPESN USA) participates in the federal program and offers vaccines at locations in Florida and Iowa

Amerisource announced that on behalf of its Good Neighbor Pharmacy and Elevate Provider Network – a cooperative of 4500 Independent Pharmacies – in Kentucky, Kansas, Nebraska, Texas and Guam to place orders with the CDC

Initially, Amerisource awards more than 10000 doses per week to more than 100 independent pharmacies in the community

First published on 9 February 2021 / 2:55 pm

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