Costco Will Be Offering the COVID-19 Vaccine In Some States
You can already get a home COVID test, a giant container of condoms and a pretty sweet percussion massager on your next Costco run, but the bulk retailer’s health and wellness benefits are going to have an even greater impact once Costco pharmacies are clear to administer COVID-19 vaccines.
Per a statement on Saturday, February 20, from Costco: “Costco is firmly committed to helping protect the health and safety of our members and employees, and to serving our communities. Our pharmacies will be administering COVID-19 vaccines as soon as they are available, in accordance with CDC and state guidelines.” The store will offer “a limited number of COVID-19 vaccines” (most likely the Moderna vaccine) in select locations depending on the state/territory you are in — with their page showing information so far for California, New York, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Washington and South Carolina.
As with other states in the United States, Costco notes that specific demographics are being prioritized to get vaccines sooner from “higher-risk individuals including healthcare workers, adults 65 and older, and other high-risk frontline workers” and that “availability and eligible priority populations may differ by state.”
They ask that customers looking for vaccine appointments not contact their local Costco until they are able to schedule an appointment and prove they are eligible based on requirements in their state.
Costco, like other pharmacy retailers, is included in The Federal Retail Pharmacy Program for COVID-19 Vaccination, per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
“The Federal Retail Pharmacy Program for COVID-19 Vaccination is a collaboration between the federal government, states and territories, and 21 national pharmacy partners and independent pharmacy networks to increase access to COVID-19 vaccination across the United States,” the CDC writes, before introducing a list of the other pharmacies participating in this federal level program (with a note that some may be working with your state and the best information you can get is from your local pharmacy itself.)February 19, 2021 | 11:17 pm