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Where Can I Get the COVID-19 Vaccine?

Where Can I Get the COVID-19 Vaccine

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Where Can I Get the COVID-19 Vaccine
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Healthcare workers and long-term care residents and staff are preparing for an unprecedented event: the arrival of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Operation Warp Speed (OWS), the federal government’s campaign to speed up vaccine availability, is well underway. The vaccine from pharmaceutical companies Pfizer-BioNTech received emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on December 11, and another vaccine from Moderna got approval a week later.

As we await emergency authorization of more vaccines to help alleviate limited initial supply, 60% of U.S. pharmacies are preparing to administer the COVID-19 vaccine, according to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). An estimated 21 million healthcare workers and 3 million long-term care residents will be eligible for the first vaccines, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

Retail pharmacies Walgreens and CVS are providing the first phase of vaccines at long-term care facilities. With cases surging higher than in the spring in some areas in the U.S. and deaths from COVID-19 surpassing 300,000, the vaccine can’t come too soon.

Here’s more information about where the vaccine will be available and who will be eligible for it first.

Where to get the COVID-19 vaccine

VaccineFinder.org is a platform that helps people find vaccine providers in their communities. When the COVID-19 vaccine becomes available, VaccineFinder will require providers to report the number of vaccines they have in their inventory each day. Providers can also make their locations visible to the public when the vaccine becomes more widely available. 

For now, the vaccine will be available to a limited number of people through pharmacies and healthcare facilities. More information on each is below.
Where Can I Get the COVID-19 Vaccine

Pharmacies

From independent pharmacies to regional/national chains, drugstores and grocers across the country have partnered with HHS to make the vaccine available. They are starting by administering the vaccine to healthcare workers and residents and employees of long-term care facilities. (See below for all three phases of the vaccine’s initial roll-out.)

You’ll also be able to find the vaccine at:

Healthcare facilities

Healthcare workers along with residents and employees of long-term care sites, arguably the most vulnerable populations, can expect to be first in line for the vaccine. Facilities that are ready for vaccinations include:

Who will get the vaccine first?

To be effective, the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two shots about 3 to 4 weeks apart, respectively. The vaccines will be free, according to the HHSPriority will be given to the following populations in three proposed phases initially:

  1. Phase 1a:
    • Healthcare workers
    • Residents and employees of long-term care facilities
  2. Phase 1b:
    • Educators
    • Food and agriculture workers
    • Utility employees
    • Police and firefighters
    • Corrections officers
    • Transportation workers
  3. Phase 1c:
    • Adults with high-risk medical conditions
    • Adults over 65

 

Where Can I Get the COVID-19 Vaccine

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