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Pharmacy chains open vaccinations to people with underlying conditions

Popular pharmacy chains CVS, Walgreens and Rite Aid have expanded who can book appointments to get vaccinated in New York City to people with underlying conditions, immediately opening thousands of new appointment slots for New Yorkers.

New Yorkers can now book an appointment at a local pharmacy operated by one of the three chains if they meet one of the following qualifications: 

  • Age 60+
  • Teachers, school staff, childcare workers 
  • People with underlying conditions who are 16 years old or older 

While mass vaccination sites like the Yankee Stadium in the Bronx and the Javits Center in Manhattan have been vaccinating New Yorkers with underlying conditions for several weeks now, pharmacies have had a more limited scope. Today’s change gives New Yorkers with underlying conditions the option to book a vaccination at CVS, Walgreens and Rite Aid now in addition to the state-run sites. 

New York City Councilmember Mark Levine tweeted Sunday morning that the change has made thousands of additional appointments available citywide. 

Qualifying New Yorkers can book their appointment through the pharmacies’ respective websites. 

Appointments can also be booked via phone at the following numbers: 

  •  800-WALGREENs
  •  800-SHOP-CVS
  •  800-RITE-AID