HAMPTON ROADS, Va. — CVS Health will begin administering COVID-19 vaccines to those eligible beginning February 11 across the Commonwealth.
CVS says they will distribute approximately 26,000 total doses to 36 participating CVS pharmacies in local cities such as Newport News, Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, and Richmond. Vaccinations will be available in the following cities:
- Newport News
- Rocky Mount
- Virginia Beach
As more supply becomes available, CVS will expand to more locations and offer additional appointments. The list of specific stores will be available on CVS as stores receive shipments of vaccine and appointments become available.
“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,” said Karen S. Lynch, President and Chief Executive Officer, CVS Health. “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.”
Vaccines will be available to individuals meeting state criteria, which as of now includes Phase 1a and Phase 1b. To see if you are eligible, click here.
For the 36 pharmacies across Virginia that will begin vaccinating, appointments will become available for registering as early as February 9 as stores receive shipments of vaccine.
Patients must register in advance here or through the CVS Pharmacy app, and people without online access can contact CVS customer service: (800) 746-7287. Walk-in vaccinations without an appointment will not be provided.
Virginia is part of the company's initial 11 state rollout plan, including approximately 335 CVS Pharmacy locations across California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, South Carolina, and Texas.
CVS says vaccines will eventually be available at all CVS Pharmacy locations throughout the country, with the capacity to administer 20 to 25 million shots per month.
This is a part of the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program that was recently announced by the CDC. The program's site described it as "a collaboration between the federal government, states and territories, and 21 national pharmacy partners and independent pharmacy networks to increase access to COVID-19 vaccination across the United States. This program is one component of the Federal government’s strategy to expand access to vaccines for the American public. The program is being implemented incrementally based on the available vaccine supply, with select retail pharmacy locations providing COVID-19 vaccine to eligible individuals. As vaccine availability increases over time, the program will expand to ultimately include all 40,000+ pharmacies."
For more information and for a look at which specific CVS locations will offer the vaccination, click here.