Walk-in COVID-19 vaccinations now available at 3 pharmacy chains in Illinois

Lisa Schencker, Chicago Tribune
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Three major retail pharmacy chains — Walgreens, Walmart and Sam’s Club — are offering COVID-19 vaccinations to people who walk into their stores without appointments.

Walmart and Sam’s Club stores in Illinois already have started taking walk-ins, they said Tuesday.

Beginning Wednesday, Walgreens, which has the largest pharmacy COVID-19 vaccination program in Illinois, will offer the shots without appointments. People also will be able to make same-day appointments if they’d prefer.

The chain is encouraging those interested in walk-in vaccinations to call their local stores ahead of time to make sure they have enough supply on any given day, spokeswoman Kris Lathan said.

Walmart and Sam’s Club have started offering walk-in vaccinations at all of their 175 pharmacies in Illinois, and those across the country, as supply allows, the company said Tuesday. People still may schedule appointments if they’d prefer.

People do not need to be Sam’s Club members to receive vaccinations at Sam’s Club stores.

CVS Health is allowing customers across the country to book same-day appointments online for slots as soon as one hour from the time of booking, spokesman Charlie Rice-Minoso said in an email.

Representatives for Jewel-Osco and Mariano’s did not immediately respond to requests for comment on whether they will offer walk-in vaccinations.