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How to schedule quick covid vaccination appointment near me: CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid

Pharmacies across the United States have aided in the effort to vaccine hundreds of millions of residents. Which are still offering vaccinces and to sign up?

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How to schedule quick covid vaccination appointment near me: CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid
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Just under fifty percent -- 49.1% -- of the US population is fully vaccinated.

Drug stores and pharmacies like CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid, Target, and more have supported the vaccination effort by providing doses for free to communities around the country.

To find a vaccine site, one can use the CDC’s Vaccine Finder Tool, allowing people to filter by vaccine manufacturer and distance.

At CVS, Walgreens, and Rite Aid, those interested can easily book appointments online:

What information will I need to provide when I sign up?

When signing up, each of the providers will ask similar questions. You may be asked to provide your name, birthday, address, and information related to your insurance -- if you have coverage.

You may be asked for insurance information because the pharmacy will charge your insurance company on your behalf after you receive your vaccine.

You should not be asked to provide any financial information like a credit or debit card number.

Do vaccines protect people against covid-19?

Yes.

Getting a covid-19 vaccine is the easiest and most effective way to prevent severe infection from the virus.

Various state governments, including the South Caroline Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), have released a study showing just how unvaccinated people face a disproportionate risk to the virus.

In June, the state reported 5,344 covid-19 cases, of which 93% were unvaccinated. Additionally, 86% of those hospitalized and 90% of those who died had also not received their shots.

In response to these figures, the DHEC Director, Dr. Brannon Traxler, said, “This data is further proof that vaccinations save lives.” Dr. Traxler also mentioned urged the unvaccinated to get an appointment saying, “We can’t stress this enough: eligible residents should protect themselves and their loved ones by getting fully vaccinated.”

Earlier this month, similar data from Maryland showed that all covid-related deaths in the state in June were attributed to people who had not been vaccinated.

The CDC has recorded 879 deaths in vaccinated people at the national level, known as breakthrough cases. While tragic, these deaths represent a small fraction of the more than 600,000 Americans who have lost their lives to covid-19.