CVS Offers Walk-In COVID-19 Vaccinations…But Not In NH
CVS announced Wednesday that appointments will no longer be needed at all pharmacy locations across the country.
Except in New Hampshire.
"New Hampshire is the only state that is currently not working with CVS Health in some capacity," spokeswoman Tara Burke told Seacoast Current. Burke nor the governor's office provided a further explanation on Wednesday afternoon.
17 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered through its participation in the Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program and Federal Retail Pharmacy Program, according to Burke, who said second dose compliance is more than 90 percent.
President Joe Biden set a goal on Tuesday of 70% of the U.S. adult population having received at least one shot and 160 million Americans fully vaccinated. He directed pharmacies receiving the vaccine from the federal program to offer walk-in appointments.
Hours ahead of Biden's announcement, Walmart and Sam's Club began offering walk-in vaccinations nationwide with the goal of reaching "underserved and vulnerable populations," according to Dr. Cheryl Pegus, Walmart's executive vice president of Health & Wellness.
Individuals are not required to be a member of Sam's Club to receive the vaccination at those locations.
Rite Aid and Walgreens are also making the vaccine available at all of their respective locations nationwide.
The president said he is determined to get shots in the arms of doubters of the vaccine by letting them know they are putting themselves and others at risk by not getting the shot.
"We're going to keep at it. And I think at the end of the day, most people will be convinced by the fact that their failure to get the vaccine may cause other people to get sick and maybe die," Biden said.
Gov. Chris Sununu told Seacoast Current the state is ramping up a campaign to reach young adults in order to get them vaccinated.
“Here in New Hampshire, our vaccination efforts are moving at one of the fastest paces in the nation. Whether it’s our uptake within long-term care, our heath care workforce, or within the general community, we have a lot of confidence that Granite Staters understand the importance of getting vaccinated," Sununu said in a statement.