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May 04, 2021
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Walgreens, CVS and Rite Aid are trying to reduce barriers to getting Covid-19 vaccines with approaches like same-day appointments and walk-ins.

In the Chicago area, Walgreens is activating mobile clinics to reach people in underserved neighborhoods by bringing vaccines to them.

Drugstore chains and public health officials are trying to keep up the momentum as the pace of vaccinations per day slows in the U.S.

Walgreens, CVS and Rite Aid are offering same-day appointments for Covid-19 vaccines, as the companies try to keep up momentum as the pace of inoculations per day slows.

On Monday, Walgreens announced it will provide same-day appointments at stores beginning on Wednesday. The company is also activating mobile clinics in underserved neighborhoods of Chicago that allow people people to walk up and get a shot. The mobile clinics, which resemble a van or a trailer, will expand to other cities, too, said Rina Shah, group vice president of pharmacy operations at Walgreens.

CVS began same-day appointments as of April 23, with customers able to schedule a vaccine in as little as an hour before, company spokesman Mike DeAngelis said. And Rite Aid said it’s allowing walk-in vaccines on a limited basis.

The three drugstore chains are emphasizing flexibility and convenience as they try to reach people who are busy, hesitant or challenged by other barriers, such as lack of transportation or the internet. The U.S. is averaging 2.4 million reported vaccinations per day over the past week, as of Sunday, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data, down from a peak of 3.4 million reported shots per day on April 13. That number has fallen off, even as all adults in every state are eligible.
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