How you can get a COVID-19 vaccine at Walgreens

Posted at 10:48 AM, Feb 24, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-24 10:49:29-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- Walgreens Pharmacy said that it will begin offering the COVID-19 vaccine at some of its stores in Virginia starting Wednesday.

The company did not disclose which stores would have the vaccines but said appointments would be required to receive them and registration opened on Tuesday.

Registration can be made either online or by calling 1-800-Walgreens.

On Tuesday morning, the website said there were appointments available in the Richmond area, but by the afternoon the website said there were no appointments available.

The company said people could sign up to receive alerts for when a store near them has availability.

The company said it was receiving an initial allotment of 3,510 doses under the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program.

Last week, the Virginia Department of Health announced Virginia would receive an additional 26,000 doses of the vaccine through that program to be shared among various independent pharmacies and chains (this included Safeway, Kroger, Harris Teeter, Walmart, Food Lion, and Martin's). CVS Pharmacy is already receiving a weekly shipment of 26,000 doses.

The company said eligibility for the vaccines is based on Virginia guidelines.

What is unclear is if the chain is utilizing Virginia's vaccine waitlist.

Last week, State Vaccine Coordinator Dr. Danny Avula said all of the new pharmacies coming on board with the federal program had expressed their desire to work off that list.

CBS 6 has request clarification from both Walgreens and VDH.

While Walgreens has not responded, a spokesperson for VDH said "the new pharmacies coming on board through the federal program say they want to work with VDH to use the state pre-registration list for appointment scheduling of those 65 and up, and VDH is working with those pharmacies on the logistics."