Walgreens Announces Availability of Pfizer COVID-19 Booster Vaccines for Eligible Patients

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Co-administration of COVID-19 vaccines and flu vaccines is also available.

Eligible individuals can now receive Pfizer and BioNTech’s COVID-19 booster vaccines in Walgreens pharmacies nationwide, following the recent FDA Emergency Use Authorization and guidance from the CDC.

Those eligible for the booster doses include individuals 65 years of age and older; individuals 18 years of age and older who live in long-term care facilities; individuals with underlying medical conditions; and those who are at an increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of their occupational or institutional setting. Patients should receive their booster dose at least 6 months after they completed their primary vaccine series.

“Walgreens has played a vital role in responding to COVID-19 as millions have turned to us as a convenient vaccination destination and critical point of community care,” said John Standley, president of Walgreens, in a press release. “In addition to providing booster shots, our pharmacy teams remain readily available to advise patients, address questions, and co-administer flu and COVID-19 primary vaccines to help protect our communities.”

In addition to these booster doses, individuals who are moderately to severely immunocompromised and who are already eligible for a third dose of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine can also receive a booster dose 6 months after their primary series.

Co-administration of COVID-19 vaccines and flu vaccines is also available. The press release said that patients are encouraged to get their initial COVID-19 vaccination series or booster shot during the same visit as their flu shot to save time and protect against both viruses. Although COVID-19 booster shots are not approved for the wider public, the CDC urges nearly everyone to receive a flu shot to prevent flu-related hospitalizations and death.

REFERENCE

Walgreens Announces Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shots Now Available Nationwide for Eligible Individuals. Walgreens; September 24, 2021. Accessed September 24, 2021. https://news.walgreens.com/press-center/walgreens-announces-pfizer-covid-19-vaccine-booster-shots-now-available-nationwide-for-eligible-individuals.htm