Walgreens is offering in-store COVID-19 vaccinations at dedicated outlets across the U.S.
The pharmacy chain says its vaccinations are limited to individuals who are 16 years of age or older, and who meet state-specific eligibility criteria.
How to book a Walgreens COVID-19 vaccination
You can book a COVID-19 vaccination online, through the Walgreens website.
In order to schedule an appointment for a vaccination at Walgreens, you first need to create an account, which requires a phone number, email address, and password.
You then have to complete a screening, which will determine whether or not you qualify for a vaccination.
Walgreens has stressed that its “initial supply of vaccine is extremely limited,” and, because of this, says that “if you don’t meet your state’s eligibility criteria for a COVID-19 vaccination, you are not eligible to receive a vaccination at this time.”
These criteria tend to vary from state to state, but they usually take into account age, field of employment and pre-existing health conditions.
If you do meet your state’s eligibility requirements, you’ll be able to choose a time and location for your appointment, which you can reschedule if you feel unwell on the day.
The second dose of two-dose vaccinations, such as the Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine and the Moderna vaccine, can be scheduled after you receive your first dose.
On the day of your appointment, Walgreens recommends arriving 15 minutes early, and says you must bring your COVID-19 Vaccination Authorization Form, a valid form of ID, proof of employment if you’re either a healthcare, essential or frontline worker, as well as your medical insurance card.
You will also need to complete a vaccination consent form either at home or in-store.
The wider picture
Other pharmacies, including CVS and Rite Aid, have also started allowing individuals to book appointments for in-store COVID-19 vaccinations.
President Joe Biden has pledged to administer at least 100 million vaccine doses within the first 100 days of his administration, ending on April 30.
As of January 25, 22,734,243 vaccine doses had been administered in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, compared to 41,418,325 vaccine doses that had been distributed at that time.
More than 400,000 people have died from COVID-19 in the U.S., and the U.S. coronavirus death toll is projected to pass the 500,000 mark in early February.