CVS has quickly become one of the largest providers of COVID-19 vaccines in Massachusetts.
The pharmacy chain, which began offering the vaccine in February, has expanded from just over a dozen locations to well over 100.
The company started small at first, offering 21,600 doses at just over a dozen locations in Massachusetts last month.
As of Friday, CVS locations in 137 communities are offering the vaccine.
How to get an appointment
Appointments can be made directly through the pharmacy’s website.
CVS Health is expected to post new appointments online daily. Walk-in vaccinations without an appointment will not be provided.
Massachusetts CVS locations were among the first nationwide to offer vaccination appointments.
Eventually, vaccines will be available at pharmacy locations across the country, with the company estimating its vaccination capacity at 20 to 25 million shots per month
“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,” said Karen S. Lynch, president and chief executive officer, CVS Health. “We continue to be grateful for the commitment of our frontline colleagues whose dedication has allowed us to deliver care and peace of mind throughout the pandemic.”
Massachusetts entered Phase 2 of the vaccine rollout last month.
Who is eligible to receive the vaccine?
Residents 65 years and older and individuals with two or more medical conditions considered at increased risk for severe illness from the virus, and residents and staff of low income and affordable senior housing are eligible to receive the vaccine.
Medical conditions prioritized include:
- Asthma (moderate-to-severe)
- Chronic kidney disease
- COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
- Down Syndrome
- Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies
- Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant
- Obesity and severe obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 30 kg/m2 or higher)
- Sickle cell disease
- Type 2 diabetes mellitus