CVS COVID Vaccine Registration Details and How To Book an Appointment

CVS Health, the health care company that owns the CVS Pharmacy chain, is offering COVID-19 vaccination services. Those eligible must register to receive the vaccine by booking an appointment at the CVS website or using the CVS mobile app.

Currently the vaccine, which is offered free of charge, is available for appointments at select stores in Indiana, Massachusetts, New York and Puerto Rico "based on local availability," according to the CVS website.

"As announced on November 12 [2020], CVS Health has entered into a partnership with HHS [U.S. Department of Health and Human Services] to provide access across the country to COVID-19 vaccines, once generally available," the company has said.

"Based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), front-line health care workers and residents and staff of long-term care (LTC) facilities will be the first to receive the vaccine and we have begun administering COVID-19 vaccinations at LTC facilities," the company notes.

While the company is preparing to provide vaccinations in all 50 states as well as in Washington, D.C., it is "currently administering the COVID-19 vaccine in limited areas at our retail locations per state eligibility guidelines," according to the CVS website.

"Eligibility phases may vary from CDC [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] based on each state's community needs," the company advises.

How to book COVID-19 vaccinations at CVS

Appointments for vaccinations can be booked at the CVS website or using the CVS mobile app.

At the website, click the "Check Availability" icon located towards the top of the webpage, which opens a drop-down menu where users can select their state of choice. Once the state is chosen, click the "Submit" icon and users can see which areas within that state are offering the vaccine and eligibility criteria. Click the "schedule" hyperlink to book an appointment.

In Indiana, the vaccine is currently available in the Mount Vernon and Kentland areas for those aged 70 and over, while in New York it is offered to those 65 and older in the Center Moriches and Blasdell areas.

In Massachusetts, vaccinations are currently available in "Salem, Fall River, Greenfield and South Yarmouth for select essential workers," according to the website.

In Puerto Rico, the vaccine is currently available in select stores in San Juan for people aged 65 and over, according to the website.

"Customers scheduling a first dose of a vaccine will be prompted to schedule an appointment for their booster dose at the same time. The scheduling system will automatically prompt patients to schedule the booster dose within the appropriate time frame," the company states.

"Upon receiving their first dose, patients will be provided with a mandated vaccine card with all relevant vaccination information. Detailed reporting will be shared with state, local or territorial public health authorities," it adds.

CVS Pharmacy New York City August 2020
A CVS venue in Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of New York City pictured on August 16, 2020. CVS Health, the health care company that owns the CVS Pharmacy chain, is offering COVID-19 vaccination services at select stores in Indiana, Massachusetts, New York and Puerto Rico. Noam Galai/Getty Images

The wider picture

The novel coronavirus has infected more than 99.3 million people, including just over 25.1 million in the U.S., since it was first reported in Wuhan, China.

More than 2.1 million people have died worldwide and more than 54.8 million have recovered as of Monday, according to JHU.

The graphic below, produced by Statista, illustrates countries with the highest rate of COVID-19 vaccination.

COVID vaccinations across the globe
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The graphic below, produced by Statista, illustrates the spread of COVID-19 in the U.S.

COVID spread across U.S.
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