LOCAL pharmacies such as CVS, Rite Aid and Walgreens have begun taking appointment for patients to receive their Covid vaccine.
The local chain pharmacies have started collecting data from millions of customers as they sign up for the jab.
Covid jabs are in high demand across the nation even for local chain pharmacies to keep up with.
"The Covid-19 vaccine demand heavily outweighs supply," a Rite Aid spokesman told The Wall Street Journal.
"When the appointments are made available they are filled quickly."
Here are some tips on how to book a Covid vaccine appointment at your local CVS, Rite Aid and Walgreens.
Learn how to navigate the appointment websites
CVS: When booking an appointment through the CVS website, start with the vaccine screening tool, a questionnaire about you an your eligibility.
At the end, you'll land on a page where you input your zip code and search for appointments. Keep clicking the zip code to see whether new appointments have been added.
If you get a slot, you'll be asked to fill out a questionnaire. If you don't know the answer to the question select "Don't Know" to proceed.
Rite Aid: To book an appointment through Rite Aid, start with the vaccine scheduler or by checking out the eligibility guide.
After you've input your personal information in the scheduler, you'll get a list of local stores that offer the vaccine.
You'll need to select a location and press “Next” in the bottom right to see whether there’s availability.
There are reports in many states of new appointments appearing around midnight Eastern Time, however it's best to keep checking frequently.
Walgreens: For appointment booking through Walgreens, start with the vaccine-availability checker.
Unlike Rite Aid and CVS, Walgreens requires users to have an account in order to book an appointment.
Walgreens also offers phone booking at 1-800-Walgreens.
Find local social media groups and accounts
Facebook groups have began popping up in most state with members scouting local websites and checking appointment availability.
Many groups help book appointments for in-need seniors, however if you plan to ask for help from someone online be very careful when sharing your personal information.
For your safety don't share highly personal information such as passwords or social security numbers – just your basic info such as name, date of birth, address, phone number and email address.
Folks interested in this way of booking can head to Facebook and search for your state and “Covid vaccine.”
In the New Jersey, New York and Maryland groups, members provide minute-to-minute updates, links and even detailed spreadsheets about locations and appointments, according to the WSJ.
If you're not a social media enthusiast, some other good resources for local information is the website Vaccine Finder, run by Boston Children’s Hospital, and this AARP page.
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