CVS pharmacies will now distribute COVID-19 vaccine in Florida

Lisa J. Huriash, South Florida Sun Sentinel
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CVS will begin giving the COVID-19 vaccine in Florida, expanding the options for people racing to get protection from the coronavirus.

He said 35 CVS pharmacy y más stories in Miami-Dade County would get the vaccine, as well as 15 traditional CVS pharmacies throughout the state including Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.

Gov. Ron DeSantis made the announcement Tuesday morning at the Navarro Discount Pharmacy in Hialeah.

CVS joins Publix, Walmart and Southeastern Grocers, which includes Winn-Dixie, in distributing the vaccine through the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program.

This week, those four pharmacies have a projected allocation of more than 130,000 doses for distribution in Florida, said Kate Grusich, spokeswoman for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

CVS would not release the exact locations until the appointment scheduling website opens later this week. The sign-up will be at https://www.cvs.com/immunizations/covid-19-vaccine.

The CDC said the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program would begin sending the vaccine to 21 pharmacy chains and eventually include a combined 40,000 locations nationwide.

The allocation for the program has now doubled to 2 million doses weekly — with 1 million doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine added to the allocation of 1 million doses of the Moderna vaccine, according to Grusich of the CDC.

Walgreens is also expected to be part of the lineup in Florida eventually.

The program is separate from the state’s allocation of vaccines, which is designated for Department of Health locations, hospitals, Publix and other select sites. It’s also an addition to the federal government’s four COVID-19 vaccination sites across the state that will begin in March to give thousands of shots a day and expand the vaccination effort to more minority communities.

The latest retail pharmacy expansion comes the day after the country reached a horrific milestone: the COVID-19 death toll in the U.S. topped 500,000 Monday, all but matching the number of Americans killed in World War II, Korea and Vietnam combined. And the University of Washington projects more than 589,000 dead by June 1.

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