HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) — Virginia will be among 11 states included in an initial rollout of COVID-19 vaccines at CVS Pharmacy locations across the country.
Starting February 12, CVS Pharmacy will begin administering vaccines against COVID-19 to eligible recipients at 36 CVS Pharmacy locations across Virginia, including Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Virginia Beach and Williamsburg.
CVS originally was sending vaccines to just Chesapeake, Newport News, Norfolk and Virginia Beach, in Hampton Roads, but added the new locations on Feb. 4. CVS did not say what specific stores will be included, just the cities.
A CVS spokesperson told 10 On Your Side the specific stores will be available on CVS.com as the pharmacy locations receive shipments of the vaccine.
That’s also when those who are eligible for the vaccine will be able to make an appointment.
In an update on Monday, February 8, CVS announced that vaccinations — which were originally scheduled to start February 11 — had been pushed back one day, to Friday, February 12 to ensure there are enough vaccines in stores.
It’s also now only open to those 65 and older, CVS said.
The company said supply for the limited rollout in the state is approximately 26,000 total doses. These doses do not count toward the state’s allotment. As of Tuesday afternoon, all 26,000 appointments were booked, however, the Virginia Department of Health recommended checking back in case there are appointment cancellations.
Officials say they are hoping to expand to more locations as more supply becomes available.
Make sure you meet the criteria for the vaccine. The Virginia Department of Health has categorized residents in different phases for receiving the vaccine HERE.
You must register in advance at CVS.com or through the CVS Pharmacy app. Those without online access can call CVS customer service at (800) 746-7287.
Walk-in vaccinations without an appointment will not be provided.
As noted, Virginia is part of an initial CVS Pharmacy rollout of COVID-19 vaccines in 11 states, which also includes approximately 335 CVS Pharmacy locations across California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, South Carolina and Texas.
CVS is also still in the process of administering the vaccine to residents and staff at long-term facilities nationwide, include more than 870 facilities in Virginia. The company says it expects first doses at these facilities to be complete by mid-February, with second doses already well underway.