WOONSOCKET, R.I. (WPRI) — More retail pharmacy locations are offering appointments to receive COVID-19 vaccines in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
Friday morning, CVS Health added 14 new locations in Rhode Island for eligible individuals to make appointments.
New locations in Rhode Island include Bristol, Charlestown, Cumberland, East Providence, Narragansett, Pascoag, Portsmouth, Riverside, Rumford, Smithfield, Tiverton, Warwick, West Warwick, and Wyoming.
Dozens of new CVS locations offering vaccine appointments across Massachusetts were also added Friday morning.
Locations in Bristol County include: Attleboro, Fall River, New Bedford, North Attleboro, North Dartmouth, Seekonk, Swansea and Taunton.
A spokesperson for CVS said the addition of the new locations was in part due to the company receiving more than 200,000 doses of Johnson & Johnson this week, which some of the new locations have on hand already.
Those registering for an appointment will know ahead of scheduling which vaccine they are scheduling. According to a CVS spokesperson, at this stage no location has multiple types of vaccine.
Early Wednesday, CVS changed its eligibility criteria to add K-12 teachers, daycare, and preschool workers and staff as eligible to make a COVID-19 vaccine appointment in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Rival chain Walgreens has not followed suit.
CVS is participating in the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program in 17 states, including Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
While Walgreens is involved in the program in other states, a spokesperson told 12 News it isn’t in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, in accordance with CDC guidance.
Both CVS and Walgreens are offering vaccine shots to people 65 and older at participating locations in both states.