Federal Pharmacy Partnership
, announced last November and activated on February 2, 2021 includes 21 pharmacy chains, including CVS Health. Under this program, pharmacy partners will receive direct distributions of vaccine allowing them to offer COVID-19 vaccines in communities across the country. Patient eligibility for the vaccine is determined by states, with most states prioritizing health care workers, seniors, and certain categories of frontline essential workers in the initial phases.
Following the announcement from President Biden on Tuesday, March 2, CVS Health has aligned with the updated Federal Retail Pharmacy Program guidelines by quickly making appointments available to pre-K through 12 educators and staff and childcare workers on cvs.com in the states where we currently offer COVID-19 vaccines as part of the Federal Pharmacy Program.
President Biden has also called for all states, Tribes, and territories to make all U.S. adults eligible for vaccination no later than May 1.
As supply increases, the number of states, as well as the number of pharmacies within each state, where CVS Health is able to provide the vaccine will increase.
The Federal Pharmacy Program is different from the Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care that was activated in December. As part of the long-term care partnership, the federal government directly distributes vaccine to CVS Health, Walgreens, and select Managed Health Care Associates pharmacies. Those pharmacies are conducting onsite clinics at more than 75,000 facilities across the country, often delivering vaccines at patients’ bedsides.