En español | The federal government announced plans to increase the number of retail pharmacies providing coronavirus vaccinations — from 30,000 to 40,000 — by April 19, the federal deadline for states to expand vaccination eligibility to everyone 16 and older. At this capacity, at least 90 percent of Americans are estimated to live within 5 miles of a vaccination site, according to the White House.
The pharmacies receiving doses from the U.S. government are part of the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program. There are 13 participating chain pharmacies in the program that encompass dozens of retail brands. Eight pharmacy network administrators, which supply independent pharmacies and long-term care pharmacies, are also participating in the program.
At this time retail pharmacies are following a recommendation from the federal government to pause the use of the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine over concerns that it may cause blood clots in extremely rare cases. Two-dose vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, both developed using a different technology than the one-dose J&J shot, are still being administered nationwide.
Check the AARP vaccine guide for your state for information on how to sign up for an appointment.
Here is the full list of chain pharmacies and pharmacy network administrators participating in the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program. The participating retail pharmacies will vary by state and territory, so be sure to visit a pharmacy's website to find out if it is providing the COVID-19 vaccine in your community. Click on the links below to learn more about vaccine availability near you.
Many of its stores across the country are administering vaccines. Albertsons owns:
- Albertsons Market
- Market Street
- Pak 'n Save
- Star Market
- Tom Thumb
- United Supermarkets
Costco is providing a limited number of vaccines, typically Moderna, in select locations. Patrons of stores in all states, except Washington, can schedule an appointment here. Washington state residents may choose their preferred Costco location here to schedule an appointment.
Sign up for COVID-19 news and obtain updates on Hy-Vee’s vaccination distribution in eight states. The company asks customers not to call their local pharmacy since local pharmacists are not able to schedule appointments.
Kroger and its subsidiary pharmacy stores are administering COVID-19 vaccines across 36 states. Visit its COVID-19 page to see if you are eligible and where shots are being provided near you. Kroger owns:
- City Market
- Harris Teeter
- Pick'n Save
- Fred Meyer
- King Soopers
- Metro Market
Customers may register online to get their COVID-19 vaccine or call their local pharmacy or text "COVID" to 75049. When a vaccine becomes available, Meijer will text or call you with a clinic date and time. You will then have 24 hours to accept, defer or be removed from their list.
Publix Super Markets
Publix is offering vaccines in seven states through its COVID page. Before your appointment, the company may ask for state-specific requirements that indicate proof of residency.
Retail Business Services
Stores in at least 10 states and Washington, D.C., are providing vaccines. Visit your preferred grocer's COVID-19 information page below for more information. Retail Business Services, part of Ahold Delhaize USA, services:
Rite Aid is currently distributing vaccines in 16 states, and they can be scheduled through its website.
COVID-19 vaccines are available in 47 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Customers should create a Walgreens pharmacy account, complete a screening and then choose a location and time for a vaccination. To find an appointment or sign up for updates, visit this page. Walgreens also owns:Duane Reade
Pharmacy Network Administrators
The Community Pharmacy Enhanced Services Network of community-based pharmacies offers the vaccine across the country within its 50 local networks in 45 states and the District of Columbia. Patients can receive updates directly from their local pharmacy, according to a spokesperson. CPESN pharmacies can be located through this finder tool.
Retail and long-term care pharmacies are being supplied with vaccines in six states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Good Neighbor Pharmacy and AmerisourceBergen Drug Corp. pharmacy services administrative organization (PSAO), Elevate Provider
AmerisourceBergen says it will place orders with the CDC for its eligible Good Neighbor Pharmacies and Elevate Provider Network members.
Good Neighbor Pharmacy echoed that vaccines will be coming soon to its participating locations.
Health Mart Pharmacy
Health Mart Pharmacy independent pharmacies are administering COVID-19 vaccines. Appointments can be scheduled here.
Innovatix (long-term care pharmacies)
LeaderNET and the Medicine Shoppe, Cardinal Health's PSAOs
Cardinal Health is working with the CDC to administer vaccines to its over 4,300 independent retail, small-chain and long-term care pharmacies.
Check with your local Medicine Shoppe to see if you can sign up for a vaccine.
Managed Health Care Associates
MHA is assisting its retail and long-term care pharmacies in ordering COVID-19 vaccines. However, it could not comment on its participating locations.
Topco Associates (supplier)
- Acme Fresh Market
- Associated Food Stores
- Raley's, Bel Air, and Nob Hill pharmacies
- Big Y Pharmacy & Wellness Center
- Brookshire’s Pharmacy, Fresh by Brookshire’s Pharmacy, Super 1 Pharmacy
- Coborn’s Pharmacy, Cash Wise, Marketplace Foods
- Food City Pharmacy
- Giant Eagle
- Hartig Drug Stores
- Ingles Pharmacy
- King Kullen
- Price Chopper, Market 32, Market Bistro
- Save Mart Pharmacies, Lucky Pharmacies
Editor's Note: This story, originally published on Feb. 11, 2021, has been updated to reflect new information.
Aaron Kassraie writes about issues important to military veterans and their families for AARP. He also serves as a general assignment reporter. Kassraie previously covered U.S. foreign policy as a correspondent for the Kuwait News Agency's Washington bureau and worked in news gathering for USA Today and Al Jazeera English.