As the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine arrive in the United States and beyond, many are clamoring to learn more about the inoculation. After all, from the vaccine’s potential side effects and efficiency to your virtual place in line, there’s a lot of information to digest. But one of the most commonly asked questions is this: Where can I receive the COVID-19 vaccine?
Here is a comprehensive list of all of the pharmacies and retailers who will be offering the COVID-19 vaccine.
CVS will be one of the first retailers to offer the COVID-19 vaccine. In fact, the pharmacy is working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to expedite the distribution of the inoculation. However, according to Chris Cox, a senior vice president at CVS, the vaccination will not be available to the general public until the spring. “[We are hoping for it to be available] somewhere in the April/May timeframe.”
As with CVS, Walgreens is slated to begin publically administering the COVID-19 vaccine in the spring. That said, the retailer does have doses currently in stock for select members of the population. “Per CDC guidance, COVID-19 vaccinations are currently only available to:
- Healthcare workers
- Residents of long-term care facilities
- Select populations based on varied state guidelines
If you fall into one of these groups, you’ll hear from your local health official or employer directly,” the Walgreens website states. “We anticipate the vaccines [will] be available for the general population… sometime in 2021.”
According to Costco CEO Craig Jelinek, the wholesale supermarket will “begin offering the general public COVID-19 vaccinations at its in-store pharmacies [by or] around early spring,” presumably in April—or, at the earliest, March.
Rite Aid has also partnered with the CDC to offer the COVID-19 vaccine. “We have administered over one million COVID-19 tests and will be partnering with the CDC to help administer COVID-19 vaccines in our communities,” Fox Business reports Rite Aid CEO Heyward Donigan said in a statement. However, exactly when the vaccine will be available remains unclear.
Kroger CEO Rodney McMullen told CNBC the grocer was “ready and anxious to get started.” “We’re definitely prepared,” McMullen said during an early December broadcast of “Closing Bell.” However, timing and distribution details remain unclear.
Southern supermarket chain Winn-Dixie will also be carrying the COVID-19 vaccine. In an interview with Action News Jax, Southeastern Grocers — the parent company of Winn-Dixie — said the company will offer access to (and administration of ) the vaccine as soon as it becomes available.
Another supermarket chain, Publix, will have the COVID-19 vaccine; however, details surrounding its arrival and administration remain vague.
While COVID-19 vaccines are not yet available at H-E-B pharmacies, the company has stated they are ready and waiting. In a video posted to social media, H-E-B Pharmacy Senior Director Donna Montemayor explained what the company has been doing to keep their employees — and the public — safe. “And as we begin the process of distributing the vaccines, it is important that we continue to wear our masks, wash our hands, and maintain social distance.”
With more than 240 stores in eight states, Hy-Vee will help distribute the COVID vaccine across the Midwest, particularly Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
Albertsons and all Albertson-owned companies — including Osco, Acme, Safeway, Pak n Save, and Save On, to name a few — are planning to carry the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as it becomes available. In fact, according to the Albertsons website, members of the general public “will soon be able to receive COVID-19 vaccine from our specially trained pharmacy teams.”
Part of Retail Business Services, Food Lion will be one of five East Coast grocery brands to carry the COVID vaccine. You will also be able to receive the inoculation at The Giant Company, Giant Food, Hannaford, and Stop & Shop.
Pharmacies within Meijer locations are gearing up for an extensive vaccine administration program. According to a press release, Meijer stores will distribute the COVID-19 vaccine to their communities as soon as it becomes available.
While the COVID-19 vaccine is not yet available at Wegmans, through their partnership with the Department of Health and Human Services, Wegmans will be able to distribute the vaccine across the Northeast. Note: Wegmans is Topco Associates business. To view all of the Topco companies slated to offer the vaccine, click here.
While Walmart has yet to receive specific information about the COVID-19 vaccine and when the inoculation may be made available in its more than 5,000 stores, the company’s chief medical officer Dr. Tom Van Gilder has said the big-box retailer is ready, “adding freezer capacity and getting dry ice for its pharmacies.” He said it’s also developing a process to help people keep track of their first and second vaccine doses and educating employees who may receive them.
- CVS Health: “COVID-19: Vaccination frequently asked questions (FAQ)
- Walgreens.com: COVID-19 Vaccine: FAQs”
- CNBC: “Here’s when the Covid vaccine could be available at your neighborhood drugstore, grocery store.”
- Fox Business: “Rite Aid partners with CDC on COVID-19 vaccine as profits soar.”
- CNBC: “Closing Bell”
- HHS.gov: “Trump Administration Partners with Chain and Independent Community Pharmacies to Increase Access to Future COVID-19 Vaccines”
- Action News Jack: “Publix, Winn-Dixie among others offer to distribute future COVID-19 vaccine.”
- Meijer: “Meijer Pharmacies Prepare for Eventual COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout”
- Albertsons: “Covid-19 Vaccination”