UPDATE (2/24 10 p.m.): The seven CVS pharmacies that received COVID-19 vaccines this week are now fully booked for appointments.
Among the locations that received doses was the pharmacy on Westgate Road in Lafayette.
Nationwide, CVS received 570,000 doses of the vaccine in 17 states this week.
The limited roll out supplied 9,300 doses weekly at seven participating CVS Pharmacy locations in the following Louisiana parishes: Ascension, Caddo, East Baton Rouge, Jefferson, Lafayette, Orleans, and Tangipahoa.
The company announced it will begin to administer vaccines to eligible populations on Thursday, February 25.
Louisiana is among 17 states where the company is providing access to COVID-19 vaccines.
“It is absolutely critical that people in Louisiana have access to the COVID-19 vaccine in their communities in a familiar setting like a pharmacy,” said Governor Edwards. “I am thrilled CVS is joining as a partner for the federal pharmacy program in Louisiana, as it will increase our ability to see even more Louisianans go sleeves up as we work to end the pandemic.”
Appointments were available for booking on Wednesday, February 24 as stores begin to receive shipments of the vaccine.
Vaccines are only available to individuals meeting state criteria, which will be confirmed by the state.
Walk-in vaccinations without an appointment will not be provided.
CVS says they are not releasing specific store locations due to limited vaccine supply and to prevent stores from being overwhelmed by those who may seek a vaccination without making an appointment.
According to a spokesperson, individual stores do not have the capacity to make an appointment, so calls and walk-ins to individual stores are discouraged. When eligible patients schedule an appointment through the website, via the app, or by phone, the system/operator will provide the exact location in the parish based on the patient’s zip code.
As more supply becomes available, the company says they will expand vaccine access through an increasing number of store locations in more Louisiana parishes.
“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.”
More than 640 CVS locations across 17 states are now administering vaccine, including Alabama, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, and Virginia.
CVS says that vaccines will eventually be available at pharmacy locations throughout the country subject to product availability, with the capacity to administer 20 – 25 million shots per month.
To see a list of COVID-19 vaccination locations from the Louisiana Department of Health, click here.
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