Walk-in COVID-19 vaccinations are now available at thousands of CVS locations across the country.
CVS announced Wednesday it’s joining the list of pharmacies offering people the coronavirus vaccine without requiring an appointment, spokesperson Matt Blanchette told McClatchy News. Same-day scheduling as soon as one hour ahead of time is also available.
Walk-ins are available at 8,300 CVS locations across the country, Blanchette said. The company has more than 9,900 locations across 49 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico.
Walmart will continue to schedule COVID-19 vaccine shots through the Indiana Department of Health. But now it’s also doing walk-up appointments for customers and employees at its more than 5,100 pharmacies nationwide. The big-box retailer said that it’s a convenient option for people to get a shot while already out shopping and that it would roll out new programs to encourage people to get the vaccine, such as by establishing mobile clinics at places like the National Hot Rod Association’s Southern Nationals Event in Commerce, Georgia.
The company said 4,000 of its Walmart and Sam’s Club stores are giving out the vaccine in places deemed Medically Underserved Areas by the Health Resources and Services Location. Walmart, which employ more than 42,300 people in Indiana, is encouraging its employees to get the vaccine by giving them two hours of paid time off to do it, letting them get vaccinated during their shifts and giving them up to three days of paid leave if they have any side effects.
Walmart offers the Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer and Moderna vaccines at all its pharmacies. Membership is not required to get the vaccine at Sam’s Club.