Rite Aid COVID Vaccine Appointment Eligibility and How to Book Online

Rite Aid is offering COVID-19 vaccinations to eligible people at some of its pharmacies across the country.

Eligibility for vaccination depends on the rules in your area. The company states: "Rite Aid does not determine vaccine supply or which individual groups are eligible, but we are supporting state and local distribution plans."

Most appointments can be booked at the Rite Aid website.

Eligibility for COVID-19 vaccination at Rite Aid

Rite Aid stores are authorized to vaccinate the following groups in the states and cities listed below:

California

  • Those aged 65 or over
  • Health care workers
  • Long-term care residents and staff
  • Pharmacy staff
  • Public health employees

Delaware

  • Those aged 65 or over
  • Health care workers

Maryland

  • Those aged 65 or over
  • Essential workers
  • Child care workers, K-12 educators and staff
  • Food, agricultural and grocery workers
  • Long-term care facility residents and staff
  • Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities
  • First responders, emergency medical services, public safety and corrections officers, public transit workers, law enforcement
  • Health care workers
  • Pharmacy staff

Michigan

  • Those aged 65 or over
  • Health care workers
  • Long-term care residents and staff
  • Pharmacy staff
  • Public health employees

New Jersey

  • Those aged 65 or over
  • Correctional officers
  • First responders, EMS
  • Health care workers
  • Law enforcement
  • Long-term care residents and staff
  • Pharmacy staff
  • Public health employees
  • Individuals with high-risk conditions (aged 18 or over)

New York

  • Those aged 65 or over

Ohio

  • Those aged 65 or over

Pennsylvania (excluding Philadelphia)

  • Those aged 65 or over
  • Health care workers
  • Long-term care facility residents and staff
  • EMS
  • Pharmacy staff
  • Public health employees
  • Individuals with high-risk conditions (aged 18 or over)

Philadelphia

  • Those aged 75 or over

Virginia

  • Those aged 65 or over
  • Individuals with high-risk conditions (aged 18 or over)

Check the Rite Aid website for updates on eligibility.

How to book COVID-19 vaccinations at Rite Aid

Most appointments are available via the Rite Aid website. In some areas, slots can only be booked through the local health department or government website.

Store workers and pharmacy staff are not able to schedule appointments.

On the Rite Aid site, customers should look for the column titled "How can I schedule my vaccine appointment?" on the right of the page.

They will then be directed to a Vaccine Scheduler where they'll fill out a form to check if they qualify.

Appointments at some Rite Aid stores had to be rescheduled last week because of vaccine shipment delays caused by severe weather, the company said.

"We have already contacted affected individuals and their appointments have been automatically rescheduled for the soonest possible date. If you were not contacted about rescheduling, then your appointment has not been affected," states the Rite Aid website.

Rite Aid customers should bring the following to their vaccine appointment:

  • A government-issued form of identification, such as a driver's license or Social Security card.
  • Their completed vaccine consent form, which can be printed from the website.
  • Their prescription and medical insurance information, such as the Medicare card for those aged 65 or over.
Rite Aid California January 2021
A Rite Aid store in Walnut Creek, California, on January 12. Rite Aid is offering COVID-19 vaccinations at some locations. Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images

The wider picture

The novel coronavirus has infected more than 111.5 million people, including over 28.1 million in the U.S., since it was first reported in Wuhan, China.

More than 2.4 million people have died worldwide and more than 62.9 million have recovered as of Monday, according to Johns Hopkins University.

The graphic below, produced by Statista, shows which countries have the highest number of vaccine doses administered per 100 people.

COVID Vaccine Rates by Country
Statista

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