New pharmacy networks added to federal partnership for no-cost COVID-19 vaccines in Virginia


RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC/WFXR) — The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) announced on Wednesday that several new pharmacy networks have been added to a federal partnership that will bring an additional 52,000 vaccines to Virginia this week.

CVS Pharmacy Inc. was the first network to get vaccines through the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program for COVID-19 Vaccination, receiving approximately 26,000 doses last week.

According to the statement issued by the VDH on Wednesday, Feb. 24, the newly-added pharmacies include Walgreens; Walmart Inc.; The Kroger Co.; Albertsons Companies Inc. (Safeway); Retail Business Services LLC (Food Lion and Giant Food); Topco Associates LLC (Food City); and CPESN LLC, a network of multiple independent community pharmacies.

The VDH says these pharmacy networks will share the additional 26,000 doses, and similar vaccine deliveries are expected in the following weeks.

The Federal Retail Pharmacy Program for COVID-19 Vaccination is a public-private partnership that gives pharmacy companies vaccines directly from the federal government to vaccinate priority groups for free, the department says.

Health officials say vaccines will distributed at approximately 140 locations across the Commonwealth, and the department will work with pharmacies to determine

The VDH is reportedly working with eligible pharmacies to schedule appointments using the statewide, centralized pre-registration system. In addition, starting this week, the department says the Vaccinate Virginia call center will reach out to individuals who pre-registered to schedule appointments for Walmart and Giant vaccination events.

Virginia health officials say the 52,000 doses given through this federal partnership are in addition to the 160,000 Virginia received this week to distribute through local health departments and providers.

You can pre-register for a vaccine online here, call 877-VAX-IN-VA, or register for an appointment at CVS online here.

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