DALLAS — Updated on 2/11/2021 ahead of vaccine distribution.
CVS Health announced last week it would begin distributing COVID-19 vaccine doses at 70 pharmacies across Texas this week. Vaccine doses are now available at locations throughout the state after delays pushed back the roll-out by a few days.
Appointment bookings are now available as stores get vaccine shipments, according to the company. Those were originally supposed to be online Tuesday, Feb. 9, but has been pushed back due to a shipping delay.
The pharmacies will begin to offer the vaccinations starting Friday, Feb. 12, a change from the originally planned day of Feb. 11 due to the slight delay.
To register for an appointment, patients must be in either Phase 1A or 1B of Texas' vaccine plan.
People who are eligible can sign up online at CVS.com, through the CVS app or by calling 800-746-7287. The locations will not provide vaccinations to walk-ins.
The vaccines will come straight from CVS's partnership with the federal government under its pharmacy program, and the drugstore chain will be given 38,000 doses for this initial rollout, the release said. The company expects to expand to more locations as more vaccine supply becomes available.
The locations are spread out across the state and include pharmacies in:
- El Paso
- San Antonio
CVS locations outside of those cities will also receive the vaccine doses, a spokesperson said, so those interested in knowing if a pharmacy near them will have vaccine appointments will need to check with CVS once bookings become available.
The spokesperson would not say where the other pharmacies would be located or provide any other specifics.
The announcement comes as the Biden administration said will begin distributing 1 million doses next week to about 6,500 pharmacies across the country. The number of pharmacies and vaccine doses is expected to grow as production is increased.
These doses will be in addition to the doses states have already been receiving, and will be available through 21 national pharmacy partners and independent pharmacy networks.