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Costco Pharmacy Says Don't Do This When Scheduling Your COVID Vaccine

It can be a tricky process, but instead of doing this, Costco has other suggestions.

Costco is part of the 11 grocery stores helping to distribute a COVID-19 vaccine, and even though a shot isn't available at the store's pharmacies yet, they are taking steps to make sure you're prepared once it is.

Information on the Costco COVID-19 Vaccine Updates page posted on Jan. 23 discusses the latest developments. "Costco is firmly committed to helping protect the health and safety of our members and employees, and to serving our communities," it says. "Our pharmacies will be administering COVID-19 vaccines as soon as they are available, in accordance with CDC and state guidelines." (Related: Keep yourself safe with The One Vitamin Doctors Are Urging Everyone to Take Right Now.)

It also mentions something you shouldn't do when trying to schedule your own vaccine. Don't call the Costco pharmacy. No appointments can be scheduled over the phone, and pharmacists and employees are also unable to provide current eligibility requirements.

Instead, the wholesale retailer says customers should check their own state's Department of Health and the CDC websites before scheduling an appointment on its website. This is a good strategy no matter which grocery store you're hoping to get one from.

"The US is prioritizing higher-risk individuals including healthcare workers, adults 65 and older, and other high-risk frontline workers," Costco says. "Availability and eligible priority populations may differ by state."

Walmart is also distributing the two COVID-19 vaccines to customers in several places. To find out if your state is on the list, check out the 10 States Walmart is Distributing the COVID-19 Vaccine In. And to get all the latest Costco and grocery store news delivered right to your email inbox every day, sign up for our newsletter!

Amanda McDonald
Amanda is a staff writer for Eat This, Not That!. Read more