CVS Health to administer COVID-19 vaccines at 70 Texas pharmacies

CVS Health will begin to administer COVID-19 vaccines to eligible Texans at 70 CVS Pharmacy locations across the state this week.

The scheduling system to make an appointment opened on February 11, and vaccinations will begin on February 12.

According to CVS Health, supply for the limited rollout in Texas will be about 38,000 total doses, sourced directly from the federal pharmacy partnership program.

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Participating CVS Pharmacy locations include some in Abilene, Amarillo, Beaumont, Brownsville, El Paso, Houston, Laredo, Lubbock, Midland, Plano, San Antonio and Waco. The company plans to expand to more locations as supply increases.

"One of our greatest strengths as a company is our presence in communities across the country, which makes us an ideal partner for administering vaccines in a safe, convenient, and familiar manner," Karen S. Lynch, President and Chief Executive Officer with CVS Health, said in a news release. "We continue to be grateful for the commitment of our frontline colleagues whose dedication has allowed us to deliver care and peace of mind throughout the pandemic."

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Those who wish to be vaccinated must meet state criteria and must register in advance. Walk-in appointments will not be provided.

Right now, frontline healthcare workers, those who are 65 and older, or those 16 and older with a serious medical condition are eligible to be vaccinated in Texas under the state’s rollout plan.

To be vaccinated, patients must register in advance at or through the CVS Pharmacy app. People without online access can contact CVS customer service at (800) 746-7287

The company says the availability of COVID-19 vaccines in Texas is part of an initial 11 state rollout which includes about 335 CVS Pharmacy locations across California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, South Carolina, and Virginia. They says vaccines will eventually be available at CVS Pharmacy locations throughout the country subject to product availability, with the capacity to administer 20 to 25 million shots per month.