CVS to roll out expected 11,000 Covid-19 vaccine doses in Maryland starting next week

CVS Pharmacy, which has multiple locations in Anne Arundel County, will be administering COVID-19 vaccinations at some state locations , beginning Thursday, February 11, the company announced. The effort is expected to be ongoing after that. Walk-ins will not be accepted. And patients must be eligible for vaccination according to the current state criteria. "We expect to receive about 11,000 doses a week during this initial phase of the program," wrote Amy Thibault, a senior manager at the company's headquarters in Rhode Island in an email. "As soon as we receive the vaccine, we'll opening scheduling at CVS.com or through the CVS app." Thibault indicated anyone requesting assistance with the scheduling tool or without access to a computer or mobile device is encouraged to contact CVS customer service at 1-800-SHOP_CVS. The CVS manager revealed she didn't have information regarding what CVS locations in Anne Arundel County might be administering the vaccine. But in a press release the company said statewide, some appointments could be available for booking as early as February 9 as stores receive shipments of vaccine. Store locations receiving the vaccine in communities throughout Maryland, are known to be in the communities of Baltimore, Bowie, Chester, Frederick, Fulton, Hagerstown, Ocean City, and Rockville. The supply for the limited rollout in the state is sourced directly from the federal pharmacy partnership program. As more supply becomes available the company will expand to more locations and offer additional appointments. Thibault said the process for administering the vaccine at CVS locations is expected to look much like the company's current flue vaccine process. With the flu vaccine administration, upon arrival patients go to the pharmacy, fill out some brief paperwork, and and sit down to be called by the staff to receive their shot. "Our army of trained and state-certified health care professionals...are proud to be be among the thousands of CVS health professionals across the country helping to vaccinate their neighbors," Thibault wrote. "Because CVS Pharmacies are located within three miles of most Americans, we're a trusted and effective resource for delivering vaccines in the community. There is no cost for the vaccination. Thibault indicated providers will be reimbursed for the cost of administering vaccinations by the patient's insurance. In the case of uninsured patients, reimbursement is through the federal Health Resources and Services Administration's program for uninsured patients. "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," Karen S. Lynch, President and Chief Executive Officer, CVS Health, said in the release. The availability of COVID-19 vaccines in Maryland is part of an initial 11 state rollout and includes approximately 335 CVS Pharmacy locations across California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, and Virginia. Vaccines will eventually be available at CVS Pharmacy locations throughout the country subject to product availability, with the capacity to administer 20 – 25 million shots per month. In addition to making COVID-19 vaccines available in local pharmacy locations, CVS Health continues to make progress in its effort to vaccinate residents and staff at more than 1,700 long-term care facilities across Maryland. As made clear by regularly updated data CVS Health makes publicly available, first doses at all facilities in the state that selected CVS Health to provide COVID-19 vaccinations will be complete by mid-February with second doses well underway. SOURCE Email Interview, PRNewswire/CVS Health