CVS quickly became one of the largest suppliers of COVID-19 vaccines in Massachusetts.
The drugstore chain, which began offering the vaccine in February, has grown from just over a dozen locations to well over 100.
The company started out small at first, offering 21,600 doses in just over a dozen locations in Massachusetts last month.
On Friday, CVS sites in 137 communities are offering the vaccine.
How to get an appointment
Appointments can be made directly with the pharmacy website.
CVS Health is expected to post new online appointments daily. Walk-in vaccinations will not be provided.
Massachusetts CVS sites were among the first in the country to offer vaccination appointments.
Ultimately, the vaccines will be available in pharmacies across the country, with the company estimating its immunization capacity at 20 to 25 million vaccines per month.
“One of our greatest strengths as a business is our presence in communities across the country, which makes us an ideal partner to deliver vaccines in a safe, convenient and familiar manner,” said Karen S. Lynch, President and CEO, CVS Health. “We continue to be grateful for the commitment of our frontline colleagues whose dedication has enabled us to provide care and peace of mind throughout the pandemic.”
Who is eligible to receive the vaccine?
Massachusetts entered Phase 2 of the vaccine rollout last month.
Residents 65 years of age and older and people with two or more health conditions considered to be at increased risk of serious illness from the virus, as well as residents and staff of low-income and affordable senior housing are eligible for the vaccine.
Priority medical conditions include:
- Asthma (moderate to severe)
- Chronic kidney disease
- COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
- Down Syndrome
- Heart problems, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies
- Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) following a solid organ transplant
- Obesity and severe obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 30 kg / m2 or more)
- Sickle cell anemia
- Type 2 diabetes mellitus
While some 400,000 educators have to wait until March 11 to receive the vaccine at local and national sites, CVS began Thursday offering appointments to teachers and other school and preschool staff. .
Which CVS sites offer the vaccine?
The current list of locations includes:
- Chestnut Hill
- East Boston
- East Bridgewater
- East Falmouth
- East Harwich
- Fall river
- Great Barrington
- Hyde Park
- New Bedford
- North Andover
- North Attleborough
- North Dartmouth
- North Easton
- North Grafton
- South Easton
- Hamilton South
- South Weymouth
- South Yarmouth
- West Bridgewater
- West Newton
- West Springfield