CVS and Rite Aid will provide COVID vaccines, and a number of NJ towns were identified as locations. Vaccines were to begin Thursday.
NEW JERSEY — Gov. Phil Murphy has confirmed that shipments of the coronavirus vaccine will be received at Rite Aid and CVS locations across the state this week. Vaccination appointments can be made right away, and CVS indicated that immunizations could begin as early as Thursday (see the list of stores and towns below).
CVS will receive 19,900 doses of the vaccine through the Federal Pharmacy Partnership, while Rite Aid should receive around 7,500 doses, Murphy said during his Wednesday news conference.
New Jersey Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli said that the federal government will send over 27,000 doses to the sites across the state, including 20 CVS locations and 70 Rite Aid locations.
Vaccinations will take place over the course of the next week, and Murphy said the additional vaccines can’t be administered fast enough.
“With multiple variants starting their spread, we’re in a race against time,” said Murphy.
Two new B117 variant cases were reported in Essex County recently, Persichilli said.
Rite Aid has yet to announce pharmacy locations as of Thursday, but CVS confirmed the location of stores that will receive the vaccine (see below).
“Rite Aid is continuing to work closely with federal, state, and local parties to ensure safe and effective distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine,” said Rite Aid Director of Public Relations Chris Savarese. “We currently offer vaccinations for eligible populations in New Jersey through localized agreements with local and state jurisdictions and expect to share more information soon regarding allocations from the federal level.”
Rite Aid did not provide a list of towns that are offering the vaccine, but appointments can eventually be made by clicking here.
At CVS, patients must register in advance at CVS.com or through the CVS Pharmacy app, and people without online access can contact CVS customer service: (800) 746-7287.
Here are the towns where CVS is providing the vaccine:
- Cedar Grove
- East Brunswick
- Green Brook
- Harrison Township
- Seaside Heights
- Union City
- West Orange
As more supply becomes available, the company will expand to more locations and offer additional appointments, according to the release.
“One of our greatest strengths as a company is our presence in communities across the country, which makes us an ideal partner for administering vaccines in a safe, convenient, and familiar manner,” said Karen S. Lynch, President and Chief Executive Officer, CVS Health.
“We continue to be grateful for the commitment of our frontline colleagues whose dedication has allowed us to deliver care and peace of mind throughout the pandemic.”
Vaccines at participating CVS Pharmacy locations in New Jersey will be available to individuals meeting state criteria, which will be confirmed by the state in advance of the rollout.
Walk-in vaccinations without an appointment will not be provided.
The availability of COVID-19 vaccines in New Jersey is part of an initial 11 state rollout and includes approximately 335 267 CVS Pharmacy locations across California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Maryland, New York, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, and Virginia.
Vaccines will eventually be available at CVS Pharmacy locations throughout the country subject to product availability, with the capacity to administer 20 – 25 million shots per month.
In addition to making COVID-19 vaccines available in local pharmacy locations, CVS Health says it continues to make progress in its effort to vaccinate residents and staff at more than 1,000 long-term care facilities across New Jersey.
As made clear by regularly updated data CVS Health makes publicly available, first doses at all facilities in the state that selected CVS Health to provide COVID-19 vaccinations will be complete by mid-February with second doses well underway, according to the release.