CVS Vaccinations in PA: Reading, West Chester Closest

WOONSOCKET RI – CVS Health, the Rhode Island-based corporate parent of CVS Pharmacies, said Wednesday (Feb. 24, 2021) it had added stores within Pennsylvania and five other states to its list of places where COVID-19 vaccinations would be publicly available beginning this week. Two of the PA municipalities where vaccines will be offered – Reading and West Chester – are within 25 miles of western Montgomery County.

As of Wednesday at 6 p.m., however, the CVS webpage where vaccine registrations are accepted, here, showed appointments for Thursday (Feb. 25) were fully booked in both, as well as in Chambersburg, Enola, New Kensington, and York. Specific stores serving as sites in those boroughs were not identified.

“We’ll add more as they become available,” the webpage pledged. “Please check back later,” it asked. CVS stated it was “administering the vaccine by appointment only based on local eligibility guidelines. Some states require more limited eligibility at pharmacies than other vaccine locations,” it added.

Eligible for CVS-distributed vaccines, it said, are people age 65 and older, health care personnel, people age 16 and older with high-risk conditions, and long-term care facility residents and staff. It is being provided at no cost to individuals “with insurance, or through federal program(s) for the uninsured.”

CVS is accepting appointments online for first and second doses of the vaccine. People without online access can call 800-746-7287.

The other states added to its distribution list were Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Louisiana and Ohio. Eleven other states were put on the list earlier.

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