Costco Is Distributing the COVID-19 Vaccine In Two More States
Costco shoppers in five states and Puerto Rico can already get a COVID-19 vaccine at their local store, and the warehouse just expanded the list.
Mississippi (in Ridgeland) and Vermont join California, New York, Oregon, South Carolina, Washington, and Puerto Rico, according to the chain's COVID-19 vaccine updates page. It says each location administering doses is following state and local guidelines, and that availability and eligibility priority populations may differ. Costco also notes that the COVID-19 vaccine offered is typically the Moderna shot.
The page also advises customers not to call their local Costco pharmacy and ask pharmacists or employees about scheduling an appointment or if they are eligible. Costco says they are unable to do either, and instead you should check with the CDC and your state's Department of Health.
Although adding more states to the list is a good sign for getting the vaccine to more customers, Costco is behind other chains. Walmart recently announced they are adding drive-thru vaccination centers to parking lots of stores in 18 states. In total, 1,400 pharmacies in 35 states are currently giving out doses. Albertsons, too, has been busy vaccinating customers. It recently surpassed 1 million doses and says it is only working at a 15% daily capacity of what it could be utilizing.
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