We’re expanding community access to COVID-19 vaccines | CVS Health
A patient received a COVID-19 vaccine at a CVS Pharmacy location.

We’re expanding community access to COVID-19 vaccines

CVS Health is now offering COVID-19 vaccinations to eligible populations at a limited number of CVS Pharmacy locations across 17 states, as part of the Federal Pharmacy Program. As more supply becomes available the company will expand to additional states while increasing the number of stores offering vaccinations.

The 17 states include Alabama, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, and Virginia, and the current eligibility guidelines for each state can be found below.

Please visit cvs.com or the CVS app frequently to check for available appointments. Anyone requiring assistance with the scheduling tool or without access to a computer or mobile device is encouraged to contact CVS Customer Service.

CVS Health is also working directly with additional states, including Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Indiana and Puerto Rico, to provide in-store vaccinations to eligible populations using state allocations. Other states may choose the same option, which is separate from the federal pharmacy partnership program but can run concurrently.

State Current
eligibility guidelines
Alabama Alabama Department of Public Health
Arizona Arizona Department of Health Services
Arkansas Arkansas Department of Health
California California Department of Public Health
Colorado Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment
Connecticut Connecticut COVID-19 Response
Florida Florida Department of Health
Georgia Georgia Department of Public Health
Hawaii Hawai‘i State Department of Health
Illinois Illinois Department of Public Health
Indiana Indiana Department of Health
Iowa Iowa Department of Public Health
Louisiana Louisiana Department of Health
Maryland Maryland Department of Health
Massachusetts Massachusetts' COVID-19 vaccination phases
New Jersey New Jersey Department of Health
New YorkExcluding New York City New York State Department of Health
Ohio Ohio Department of Health
Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Department of Health
Puerto Rico Puerto Rico Department of Health
Rhode Island Rhode Island Department of Health
South Carolina South Carolina Department of
Health and Environmental Control
Texas Texas Department of State Heath Services
Virginia Virginia Department of Health


Frequently asked questions

All of the appointment slots are booked. When will more be available?

We understand making an appointment to receive a COVID-19 vaccine can be a frustrating experience, given the limited number of vaccines that have been allotted to CVS Health by the state and federal governments. In most (if not all) states, the number of individuals who are eligible to receive the vaccine under the state’s rules far outnumber the state’s available doses. As we receive additional shipments of vaccines, more appointments will open up on cvs.com, so we encourage you to continue to check for an open appointment at a CVS Pharmacy in your area.

Why is CVS Health vaccinating in some states and not others?

The criteria for which states can receive the vaccine, timing and vaccine supply is determined by the federal government, and eligibility is determined by the state. In some cases, the federal or state government may activate the vaccination program with different pharmacy partners in different states.

The federal government, which is purchasing the vaccine from manufacturers, determines the allocation of supply provided to each state and the timing of vaccine supply. Patient eligibility to receive the vaccine is determined by the state. In some cases, the federal or state government may activate the vaccination program with different pharmacy partners in different states.

Will you run out of vaccine before all members of the eligible population gets vaccinated?

Vaccine supply is determined and allocated to CVS Health by the state or federal government. Initially, the supply we receive will be very limited.

We encourage people to schedule a vaccine appointment at cvs.com as soon as they become available in their location. In most (if not all) states, the number of individuals who are eligible to receive the vaccine under the state’s rules far outnumber the state’s available doses. As a result, available appointments will be extremely limited.

When will CVS Health start vaccinating in additional states?

CVS Health is working closely with state and federal officials to expand vaccinations across the country. We will continue to expand the number of states where we are able to administer the vaccine as supply increases. Once the vaccine is available to the general population, we expect to vaccinate in CVS Pharmacy locations nationwide with the ability to administer up to 20-25 million shots per month, provided adequate supply is available. We will share more details on additional states as they become available.

I am trying to help my elderly parent schedule an appointment because they do not have access to the internet. Is this allowed?

Yes, as long the patient meets all of the eligibility criteria (including age and state of residence), a proxy (such as a dependent, friend or neighbor) is able to help schedule the appointment on cvs.com. The patient will be asked to provide his/her insurance card, social security number and/or driver’s license number at the time of scheduling.

02.24.21