CVS pharmacies now allowing walk-in, same-day COVID-19 vaccine appointments

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CVS Health announced Wednesday that pharmacies nationwide, including 50 stores in Colorado, will begin taking walk-ins for COVID-19 vaccines.

Same-day appointments are also available, sometimes as soon as one hour from booking, through the CVS website. The company’s COVID-19 vaccine scheduling tool is updated throughout the day to account for same-day cancellations, according to a CVS spokesperson.

CVS pharmacies are distributing all three approved vaccines. Each CVS location has just one type of vaccine, but patients are able to see which vaccine a pharmacy is distributing on the scheduling tool prior to walking in or making an appointment. If a walk-in receives the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines, they will be asked to schedule their second dose when receiving the first. 

“We continue to orchestrate an all-out effort to vaccinate the nation against COVID-19,” CVS Health President and CEO Karen Lynch said in a news release. 

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The shift to accepting walk-ins comes as demand for vaccines is seemingly decreasing in Colorado. All Coloradans 16 and older are eligible for the vaccine, but state health department data shows that vaccine distribution has tapered off since early April. There are currently 1.9 million fully vaccinated people in the state. 

Colorado currently has the third highest seven-day case rate per 100,000 in the country, behind only Minnesota and Michigan. 

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All six mass vaccination sites across the state have also opened their doors to walk-in or drive-thru patients. 

Gov. Jared Polis has been urging Coloradans to get their vaccine, saying it’s easier now than ever before to drive or walk into a vaccination site and leave with a vaccine, oftentimes in less than a half hour. 

To make an appointment or find a CVS near you that is distributing the COVID-19 vaccine, visit www.cvs.com

Molly Bohannon covers education for the Coloradoan. Follow her on Twitter @molboha or contact her at mbohannon@coloradoan.com. Support her work and that of other Coloradoan journalists by purchasing a digital subscription today.