SEATTLE — Chain pharmacies nationwide are receiving COVID-19 vaccines as part of a partnership with the federal government meant to speed up distribution and reach more people. The doses are in addition to what the federal government is providing to states.
These retail pharmacies plan to administer the vaccines in Washington:
- Safeway-Albertsons (includes Haggen) says it will administer vaccines in 177 Washington pharmacies.
- Fred Meyer and QFC (Kroger) will have "limited quantities available at select locations."
- Walmart and Sam’s Club will add their Washington locations to the program the week of Feb. 22, the Dept. of Health said.
- Rite Aid
- Health Mart Independent Pharmacies
These pharmacies do not include Washington in the initial rollout of the vaccine program:
- CVS: “As more supply becomes available the company will expand to additional states while increasing the number of stores offering vaccinations,” the company said.
- Walgreens: "COVID-19 vaccines will be available in all of our more than 9,000 store locations, once they become available for mass administration," the company said.
How to get a COVID-19 vaccine in Washington
The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) released an online portal to check your eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine. Use the PhaseFinder tool to input personal information like age, health conditions and essential worker status to determine if it's your turn.
As of Jan. 18, Washington is vaccinating people in Phase 1A and the first tier of Phase 1B. That includes:
- High-risk health care workers and first responders
- Long-term care residents
- People 65 years old and older
- People 50 years old and older in multigenerational households
If you are eligible, find a list of vaccine providers on the DOH website and information on how to make an appointment.