WOONSOCKET, R.I., Wednesday, February 24, 2021 — In an ongoing effort to expand access to COVID-19 vaccines and help the country move forward from the pandemic, CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) today announced that it will begin to administer vaccines to eligible populations on Thursday, February 25 at seven select CVS Pharmacy locations across Louisiana.
“It is absolutely critical that people in Louisiana have access to the COVID-19 vaccine in their communities in a familiar setting like a pharmacy,” said Governor Edwards. “I am thrilled CVS is joining as a partner for the federal pharmacy program in Louisiana, as it will increase our ability to see even more Louisianans go sleeves up as we work to end the pandemic.”
For the select retail locations that will begin to offer COVID-19 vaccinations on Thursday, 2/25, appointments will start to become available for booking today as stores receive shipments of vaccine. Vaccines at participating CVS Pharmacy locations in Louisiana will be available to individuals meeting state criteria, which will be confirmed by the state. Patients must register in advance at CVS.com or through the CVS Pharmacy app, and people without online access can contact CVS customer service: (800) 746-7287. Walk-in vaccinations without an appointment will not be provided.
“One of our greatest strengths as a company is our presence in communities across the country, which makes us an ideal partner for administering vaccines in a safe, convenient, and familiar manner,” said Karen S. Lynch, President and Chief Executive Officer, CVS Health. “We continue to be grateful for the commitment of our frontline colleagues whose dedication has allowed us to deliver care and peace of mind throughout the pandemic.”
Supply for the limited rollout in the state, which is sourced directly from the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program, will be approximately 9,300 total weekly doses. Participating CVS Pharmacy locations are in the following Louisiana parishes: Ascension, Caddo, East Baton Rouge, Jefferson, Lafayette, Orleans, and Tangipahoa. As more supply becomes available, the company will expand vaccine access through an increasing number of store locations in more Louisiana parishes.
“We appreciate the hard work of all of our pharmacy partners, who have been instrumental from the beginning of this unprecedented crisis,” said LDH Secretary Dr. Courtney N. Phillips.
“The addition of CVS pharmacies to our provider network helps deepen our bench so that Louisianans ultimately have multiple options for how and where they get the COVID vaccine.”
The seven locations across Louisiana are among more than 640 locations across 17 states where the company is administering vaccine, including Alabama, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, and Virginia. Vaccines will eventually be available at CVS Pharmacy locations throughout the country subject to product availability, with the capacity to administer 20 – 25 million shots per month.
In addition to making COVID-19 vaccines available in local pharmacy locations, CVS Health continues to make progress in its effort to vaccinate residents and staff at more than 540 long-term care facilities across Louisiana through the Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program. As made clear by regularly updated data CVS Health makes publicly available, the company has completed first dose vaccines for all skilled nursing facilities, and will complete second doses at assisted living and other facilities by mid-March,1 fulfilling the company’s commitment to help protect a population disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.