COVID-19: Vaccine information | CVS Health

COVID-19 vaccine information

Learn more about the COVID-19 vaccination and answers to many other questions you might have.

We’re with you on this journey

From testing to providing fact-based information to our role as a leading provider of COVID-19 vaccinations, we have been beside you as a trusted resource and you can continue to count on us.

Patients are now able to walk-in to more than 9.600 CVS Pharmacy locations to receive a COVID-19 vaccination, no appointment necessary. Same-day scheduling, including appointments as soon as one hour from time of scheduling, is also available at cvs.com. The scheduler is also updated throughout the day to account for same-day cancellations.

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Watch this video to learn about the vaccine experience

Throughout the pandemic, we have made COVID-19 testing accessible to thousands of communities nationwide and we are also helping you get vaccinated safely.

We have unmatched experience safely and effectively administering vaccinations. In 2020, we administered nearly 20 million non-COVID-19 vaccinations – this includes more than double the number of flu shots given in 2019.

We also made significant investments in our cold chain distribution capabilities when preparing for the COVID-19 vaccines and ensured our CVS Pharmacy locations are equipped to safely store the vaccines.

Most importantly, our team of experienced health care professionals — including pharmacists, trained pharmacy technicians, and nurses — are skilled at administering vaccinations and are playing a key role in helping vaccinate our community.

FAQs about the COVID-19 vaccine

In this video, Dr. Sree Chaguturu, MD, answers these questions:

  • The vaccine was made very quickly. Did this compromise safety?
  • Can I get the vaccine if I have underlying health conditions or if I’m immunocompromised?
  • Can I get the vaccine if I’m pregnant, trying to conceive, or breastfeeding?
  • What are the short- and long-term side effects of COVID-19 vaccines?
  • How will theHealth Care system track and study the side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine?
  • Should I be worried about having an allergic reaction to the vaccine?
  • If I am vaccinated against COVID-19, can I spread the virus to others?

In this video, Dr. Sree Chaguturu, MD, answers these questions:

  • How is vaccine being distributed in this country?
  • When can I get the vaccine (when it will be “my turn”)?
  • Where do I go to get the vaccine?
  • Can I get the vaccine at CVS Pharmacy?
  • How much will it cost me to get vaccinated?
  • Can my children get the vaccine?
  • Can I get vaccinated if I currently have COVID-19 or if I have cold symptoms?
  • Do I still need to get vaccinated if I already had the virus?

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In this video, Dr. Sree Chaguturu, MD, answers these questions:

  • Are the two currently FDA-authorized vaccines equally effective?
  • Can I choose which vaccine I get?
  • Will I still be protected from the virus if I’m late getting the second vaccine dose? What if I don’t get the second dose at all?
  • After I get the second dose, how long before the vaccine takes effect?
  • The virus continues to mutate; will the vaccine work on new strains?
  • How often will I need to get the COVID-19 vaccination?

In this video, Dr. Sree Chaguturu, MD, answers these questions:

  • Are the two currently FDA-authorized vaccines equally effective?
  • Can I choose which vaccine I get?
  • Will I still be protected from the virus if I’m late getting the second vaccine dose? What if I don’t get the second dose at all?
  • After I get the second dose, how long before the vaccine takes effect?
  • The virus continues to mutate; will the vaccine work on new strains?
  • How often will I need to get the COVID-19 vaccination?

 

In this video, Dr. Deborah Johnson-Rothe, M.D., FAAP answers these questions:

  • Which poses a greater risk for children? Getting COVID-19 and having long-term effects or the side effects from the vaccine? 
  • Is the vaccine dosage different for children?
  • Is a second shot required?
  • Are there different or more severe side effects for children versus adults?
  • Will the vaccine cause fertility issues for adolescent or teen girls in the future?
  • What are the main reasons parents are deciding to vaccinate their children?
  • Do most pediatricians recommend the vaccine?
  • Will children need an annual booster shot?
  • Are there certain situations in which children should not be getting vaccinated?

We are working in communities to address COVID-19 vaccine education and equity

To address potential inequities related to COVID-19 vaccine access, we have launched a strategy to address COVID-19 vaccine education and equity in vulnerable communities, with a particular focus on Black and Hispanic populations.

Across our businesses, and with our network of community-based leaders and nonprofit organizations, we are working to reach out to patients with the goal of increasing COVID-19 vaccination rates.

We initially prioritized CVS pharmacies located in vulnerable communities as we began to offer vaccinations in select states and locations. As we expanded to additional states and locations, we also increased access to vaccines by using use mobile vaccination vans and offering community-based vaccination clinics working with nonprofit organizations.

We are proud to play an important role in educating the communities we serve about the vaccines and helping to increase equitable access across the country.

A MinuteClinic practitioner applies a band-aid after administering a vaccination to a patient, wearing a face mask.

U.S. COVID-19 Vaccine Program

More information on the U.S. COVID-19 Vaccine Program, including safety information and information on specific vaccines, can be found on the Centers for Disease Control’s COVID-19 vaccines page.

Visit the Centers for Disease Control’s website