En español | The initial allotment of coronavirus vaccine was doubled to 2 million doses during its second week of distribution to about 6,500 pharmacy locations across the U.S., including many familiar retail chains. Vaccinations will be administered per the state eligibility guidelines where the pharmacies are located. About 40,000 pharmacy locations will join the program as more doses become available.
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.
Check the AARP vaccine guide for your state for information on who is currently eligible for a COVID-19 vaccination and 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 COVID-19 vaccine in your community. Click on the links below to learn more about vaccine availability near you.
Select stores in eight states have received the first allocations of the vaccine. Additional supply will be administered based on state eligibility guidelines, Albertsons says. Albertsons owns:
- Albertsons Market
- Market Street
- Pak 'n Save
- Star Market
- Tom Thumb
- United Supermarkets
Costco is providing vaccines in five states and Puerto Rico. Visit its COVID-19 page here to find further information or to schedule a vaccination. The company asks customers not to contact their local Costco pharmacy because local pharmacists are unable to schedule appointments or provide eligibility requirements.
CVS is providing COVID-19 vaccines in 18 states and Puerto Rico by appointment only, based on state eligibility requirements. It expects to expand vaccination to more states at a later date. Updates on its vaccine distribution can be found here. CVS also owns
H-E-B is providing vaccines to eligible customers who fall in Phase 1A and Phase 1B of Texas’ vaccine eligibility.
Sign up for COVID-19 news and obtain updates on Hy-Vee’s vaccination distribution in six 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 received a limited number of COVID-19 vaccines and are administering them across several 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 Florida, Georgia and South Carolina through its COVID page. Before your 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 18 states. View its eligibility page to see if you can get vaccinated at a store in your state. The pharmacy chain is directing eligible customers to their local health department to make an appointment.
Limited doses of COVID-19 vaccines are available to those who meet local eligibility requirements in 15 states and Puerto Rico. Starting Feb. 25, pharmacies in 10 more states will begin administering vaccines. Customers should create a Walgreens pharmacy account, complete a screening and then, if eligible, 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
Walmart is providing vaccines across 22 states through the federal partnership and to additional states through allotments from local governments. Check your eligibility, and, if vaccines are available, use the map on its COVID-19 page to be routed to your health department’s website, or schedule a vaccine through walmart.com. Walmart also owns:
Pharmacy Network Administrators
The network of community-based pharmacies plans on offering 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 Kansas and South Dakota, 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 partnered with the federal government to help distribute COVID-19 doses to its independent pharmacies. Although no additional information has been provided, its stores can be located 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.
- 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.