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How Much Does A COVID-19 Vaccine Cost At Walgreens, CVS, & Other Major Pharmacies

Alyssa Orcuilo07 Jun 2021

Quick Digest

  • While urgent care centers, PODs, health clinics, and physician's offices have been distributing the COVID-19 vaccine to eligible recipients, pharmacies had not yet received COVID-19 vaccine doses to administer.
  • The United States government has now authorized many major pharmacies to distribute COVID-19 vaccines.
  • Some pharmacies include Walgreens, CVS, and Walmart. See the full list of pharmacies below.

When will COVID-19 vaccines be available at pharmacies?

According to the White House, starting February 11th, 2021, the federal U.S. government will be shipping a limited number of COVID-19 vaccines to 6,500 pharmacies. 

After this, the plan is to expand to as many as 40,000 pharmacies over time. 

Initially, the supply will be small, CVS says they will receive about 250,000 total vaccines to administer across 11 states during this first round.

Individuals are advised to make sure they’re eligible for the vaccine and to check pharmacy websites often to see if they can get an appointment.

Which pharmacies will be administering the COVID-19 vaccine?

The Federal Retail Pharmacy Program for COVID-19 Vaccination is a collaboration between the federal government, states, and territories, and 21 national pharmacy partners as well as independent pharmacy networks to increase the distribution of COVID-19 vaccination across the United States.

The COVID-19 vaccine will be available at CVS, Walgreens, Walmart, Rite Aid, Kroger, Publix, and more. 

Below is a full list of the pharmacies that will be administering the COVID-19 vaccine:

CVS (including Long's)

CVS is administering the COVID-19 vaccine to high-priority groups before administering the vaccine to a broader group. The target vaccination clinics can be found in:

  • California
  • Connecticut
  • Hawaii
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • Texas
  • Virginia

CVS Health is also working directly with Indiana (which will be utilizing two CVS Pharmacy locations) and Ohio (19) in order to provide in-store vaccination to eligible individuals.

Walgreens (including Duane Reade)

Walgreens has administered more than 1 million COVID-19 vaccines at long-term care facilities since December 21, 2020. Additionally, Walgreens is predicting to have vaccines available to offer the general public at its 9,000 stores sometime in spring 2021. 

Walmart, Inc. (including Sam’s Club)

Walmart and Sam’s Club pharmacies will now be able to accept and administer federal allocations of the COVID-19 vaccine. Walmart and Sam’s Club are working with the federal government to help increase access to COVID-19 vaccines at select pharmacies in 22 states once vaccine doses are available, starting late next week.

Rite Aid Corp.

Rite Aid is part of The Federal Retail Pharmacy Program and will be administering the COVID-19 vaccine after February 11th.

The Kroger Co.

Kroger has limited quantities of COVID-19 vaccines available at a few locations. Eligibility for the vaccine varies depending on local health department criteria. You can check links to see availability. States that currently have limited vaccine quantities at select Kroger pharmacy locations include:

  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Georgia
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Nevada
  • Ohio
  • South Carolina
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin

Publix Super Markets, Inc.

Publix has limited quantities of the COVID-19 vaccine. Publix offers the COVID-19 vaccine in the following states:

  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • South Carolina

Costco Wholesale Corp.

In select locations, Costco is offering a limited number of COVID-19 vaccines:

  • New York City
  • Oregon
  • Puerto Rico
  • Washington

Albertsons Companies, Inc. 

Albertsons predicts all of their pharmacies will eventually have a supply of the COVID-19 vaccine. They encourage individuals to check their eligibility and to schedule an appointment with your pharmacy if they are eligible. 

Hy-Vee, Inc.

Hy-Vee has been named a national partner in both Iowa and South Dakota, and they anticipate receiving vaccine allocation directly from the CDC during the week of Feb. 8.

Meijer Inc.

Meijer currently has a pre-registration link so you can secure your COVID-19 vaccine once eligible and available.


You must make an appointment to receive a COVID-19 vaccine at H-E-B pharmacies.

You can see the full list of participating pharmacies here.

How much will the COVID-19 vaccine cost at pharmacies?

As part of Operation Warp Speed, the United States placed an initial order of 100 million doses of both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.

The Pfizer vaccine was purchased at $19.50/dose and the Moderna vaccine was purchased at approximately $32/dose.

Federal officials have announced that you should not be charged (regardless if you have health insurance) when receiving the vaccine during the pandemic. 

You can still be charged for the administration of the vaccine; however, you will most likely not have to pay for administration at pharmacies.

It's possible, however, that the COVID vaccine cost without insurance will depend on where you get vaccinated and when. Once the pandemic is over, we can estimate that uninsured individuals will need to pay between $24.38 and $57.60 per dose.

How can I get a COVID-19 vaccine at a pharmacy?

You can get a COVID-19 vaccine at a pharmacy if you are eligible and by making an appointment at the pharmacy.

Who is eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine?

The CDC priority group recommendations for the COVID-19 vaccine include:

Phase 1a:

  • Healthcare workers
  • Residents and employees of long-term care facilities

Phase 1b (may overlap with Phase 1c):

  • Adults ages 75 and older
  • Teachers and childcare workers
  • U.S. Postal Service workers
  • Grocery store, food, and agricultural workers
  • Manufacturing workers
  • Police and firefighters
  • Corrections officers
  • Public transit workers

Phase 1c:

  • Adults with high-risk medical conditions
  • Adults ages 65 to 74
  • Other essential workers such as those in law, construction, media, public safety

You can visit the pharmacy website to check for appointments.

What should I bring to my COVID-19 vaccine appointment?

Here are some items you must bring to your appointment in order to receive your COVID-19 vaccine. 

Please note that you will only be able to receive your vaccine if you are eligible under the current phase of distribution in your state and if have an appointment. 

  • Government-issued picture ID
  • Insurance Card (if you are uninsured, you can still receive a vaccine, free of charge)
  • Mask/Face Coverings to be Worn at All Times (even if you're waiting in line outside)
  • Copy of your Appointment Confirmation (you may want to print it out)


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