CVS Pharmacy and Walgreens have announced that they are offering Pfizer COVID-19 booster injections in retail pharmacies for eligible populations.
Here’s how to get a COVID recall from drugstore chains if you meet the criteria.
Check your eligibility
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), only certain categories of people are eligible to receive a booster at this time.
The following groups of people, according to the CDC, qualify to receive a recall:
- People 65 years of age and older and residents of long-term care facilities who received a full Pfizer vaccine at least six months ago
- People aged 18 to 64 with certain CDC-defined underlying medical conditions who received a full course of Pfizer vaccine at least six months ago
- People aged 18 to 64 who are at increased risk of exposure to COVID in a workplace or institutional setting who received a full course of Pfizer vaccine at least six months ago
Note that those who have received a full course of Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccines are not eligible for boosters at this time, according to guidelines from the CDC and other public health agencies.
But CVS said in a statement that those who did not receive their initial vaccine can still receive Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines at their sites depending on their availability.
Make an appointment at the pharmacy
Those interested in making an appointment at CVS or Walgreens are strongly encouraged to make them online at the respective pharmacy websites.
Walgreens also announced Friday that you can call your local pharmacy or 1-800-Walgreens to make an appointment.
Each participating CVS and MinuteClinic pharmacy offers either the Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson vaccine, but not all three at the same time. It is therefore advisable to check with your local pharmacy for availability.
For CVS, patients will be asked to provide the date and manufacturer of their last COVID vaccine and their eligibility before making an appointment.
Walgreens has a similar process, requiring patients to bring a COVID-19 vaccine card or a record of the primary vaccine series so the pharmacy can dispense a new vaccine card with the booster.