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Your guide for the COVID-19 vaccine at local pharmacies

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Posted at 11:59 AM, Feb 03, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-08 16:26:21-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — New York State has expanded eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine to anyone 16 or older. Many pharmacies are now offering it to anyone 18 or older. How can you go about getting the vaccine? Let's break it down by pharmacy.

CVS

  • Patients need register in advance at CVS.com or through the CVS Pharmacy app, and people without online access can contact CVS customer service: (800) 746-7287.
  • Started to administer COVID-19 vaccines to eligible populations on Thursday, February 11 at 32 CVS Pharmacy locations across New York.

Walgreens

  • You'll need to be signed into your Walgreens account first. Complete a screening, and if you're eligible, you can choose a time and location for your appointment.
  • You’ll be able to schedule your second dose after you receive your first vaccination.
  • If you receive COVID-19 Registration Code, be sure to bring that with you to your appointment. Do NOT discard it as you will need that same code for your second dose appointment.

According Rite Aid's website, you cannot schedule an appointment directly through the pharmacy's website. You can schedule an appointment through state and local jurisdiction.

Tops

  • Appointments can be scheduled online. You can choose which store is closest to you and see if they have appointments available
  • Print and fill out the consent form on the website.
  • A Tops spokesperson said the pharmacy continue to receive a small allocation of the Moderna vaccination each week, but there is no set date or time in which vaccinations will arrive to their pharmacies. As soon as vaccines are available, appointments will be uploaded to their scheduling website.

Wegmans

  • You do not need to have a Wegmans online account to sign up for a vaccination. You can schedule an appointment here. You should check that page frequently.
  • If you do not have a computer, you can schedule an appointment by calling 1-800-207-6099, Monday – Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. According to the website, this line will only be active when appointments are available.

Walmart does not appear to be administering the vaccine in New York state. According to their website, they are rolling out the vaccine to select stores as they are approved by state and federal government.