NEW YORK — Most people in the U.S. will probably have to wait until early spring before coronavirus vaccines become available at local pharmacies and grocery stores across the country, according to Walgreens and CVS Health representatives.
“Over the next couple of months we anticipate that we’ll be able to have it in our stores similar to the flu season,” Rina Shah, group vice president of pharmacy operations at Walgreens, told CNBC on Monday. “As more and more vaccine becomes available, access to that vaccine will continue to grow.”
Chris Cox, a senior vice president at CVS, said people would have to make an appointment with the company to get their shots once vaccines are available for the general public.
“When someone makes their appointment, we’re going to educate them right then and there that this is a two-shot vaccine and we’re going to have them schedule it just like a round-trip plane ticket, where they’re going to schedule both of their doses at the same time,” Cox said.
Walgreens, CVS and other drugstores and supermarkets are set to play a vital role in the vaccine distribution’s early phase.
CVS Health and Walgreens expect to administer the first COVID-19 vaccines to residents of long-term U.S. nursing homes on December 21.