Where to sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine, as additional pharmacy networks begin shots in Virginia

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Updated: Feb. 24, 2021 at 1:35 PM EST
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RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Additional pharmacy networks will begin to administer COVID-19 vaccines this week as part of a federal partnership, according to the Virginia Department of Health.

This federal partnership will bring an additional 52,000 vaccines to Virginia this week.

The newly added pharmacies include:

  • Walgreens
  • Walmart Inc.
  • The Kroger Co.
  • Albertsons Companies Inc. (Safeway)
  • Retail Business Services LLC (Food Lion, Giant Food)
  • Topco Associates LLC (Food City)

These pharmacy networks join CVS Pharmacy Inc., which began receiving approximately 26,000 vaccine doses last week through the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program for COVID-19 Vaccination. The other 26,000 doses will be shared among the above-listed networks.

Similar doses are expected in the following weeks.

To pre-register, click here or call 877-VAX-IN-VA (TTY users dial 7-1-1).

To register for an appointment at a CVS pharmacy, click here.

To register for an appointment at a Walgreens, click here.

You can check appointment availability at Kroger, here.

Food Lion representatives tell NBC12 that they have not yet received doses, but are expecting them. To register at Food Lion when appointments become available, click here.

Health officials say they’re largely already working with independent pharmacies to prioritize appointments people who’ve pre-registered with the state’s centralized pre-registration list, calling them first.

Virginia’s leading vaccine coordinator, Dr. Danny Avula, said Wednesday that in upcoming days, scheduling may transition to only state representatives reaching out to people already on the state’s pre-registration list. This is to make sure that people on that list get shots first, as opposed to the public signing up (as well) on individual pharmacy or big chain websites (the ones listed above).

State health officials are working to link the state’s centralized list or database, with the lists pharmacies are creating as people schedule; but the process is still being flushed out. In the meantime, officials didn’t want to hold up vaccines.

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