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You Can Get a COVID-19 Vaccine at the Grocery Store Soon, CDC Says

Twenty-one supermarkets and pharmacies are getting vaccines this week.
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The 21 neighborhood grocery stores and pharmacies participating in a federal program COVID-19 inoculation program will receive vaccines this week, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Among the national pharmacy partners and independent pharmacy networks in the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program for COVID-19 Vaccination are Albertsons, Costco, H-E-B, Hy-Vee, Kroger, Publix, and Walmart. For a full list of participants in your state, click here. (Related: Stay healthy with The One Vitamin Doctors Are Urging Everyone to Take Right Now.)

"The eligibility criteria for vaccination is determined by each state and territory," the CDC says."Pharmacy partners will focus on vaccinating individuals who are eligible for vaccination based on these state-selected criteria. These population groups may include healthcare workers, other essential workers, and elderly people. Specific population groups will vary by state or territory."

The list of stores participating in the federal program varies on a state-by-state basis, and vaccines have been available at retailer partners in some places since last year. Walmart began distributing vaccines in December, starting in New Mexico before expanding into 10 other states.

To check whether or not you are currently eligible to relieve the vaccine in your state, check your local health department's website. Though you won't be required to show proof of age or occupation, you may be asked about both in addition to your underlying health conditions.

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