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Walgreens, CVS book up fast with vaccine appointments

Posted at 5:58 PM, Feb 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-11 17:58:53-05

HAMBURG, N.Y. (WKBW) — Local pharmacies are tasked with vaccinating those 65 and older.

The supply for the vaccine is limited, but many were able to get appointments at CVS and Walgreens.

“Probably the third or fourth day I was on, I saw that I could get an appointment in LeRoy,” said Jennifer Soule of Eden.

Soule says she and her husband Jim were ready to drive more than an hour away to get a COVID-19 vaccine from Walgreens when registration opened up this week.

Soule says she already had a Walgreens account, and went online every day to see if there were any available appointments for the vaccine.

“I just happened to put in the Hamburg zip code and it came up with appointments,” she said.

Thrilled, she says she was able to sign both her and her husband up for the COVID-19 vaccine, which they will receive Friday.

Right now, being 65 and older is the only criteria that will get you an appointment at a pharmacy.

Walgreens says it received a specific allotment of the vaccine after the CDC selected the pharmacy to partner in specific states.

Walgreens says it is offering the vaccine in “medically underserved areas and areas with a high social vulnerability index score.”

CVS is also one of those vaccine hubs. The pharmacy says it received more than 20,000 doses from the federal government, and offered appointments online Thursday morning in Batavia, Hamburg, Lewiston, Olean and Westfield.

Within just hours, appointments were snatched by 9:00 a.m.

CVS says:

“As more vaccine supply becomes available from the government, we will be able to schedule more appointments and vaccinate more people. We have the capacity and the capability to vaccinate more people at more locations and we stand ready to do so as soon as vaccine supply increases. As more vaccine supply becomes available, we expect our pharmacies to be activated in more states and to add more locations within each state.”

Soule says she was able to book her appointment for both the first and second dose.