KANSAS CITY, Mo. — People wanting to be vaccinated against COVID-19 are grabbing appointments as soon as providers release information about them.
Federal programs mean there are even more pharmacies receiving allotments of the vaccines.
Every person must have an appointment to get a vaccine. Walk-ins are not accepted at any location at this time.
Here’s what Kansas City area residents need to know about scheduling a vaccination at a retail pharmacy across the metro:
CVS Health, which also operates pharmacies inside Target stores, says it is offering free COVID-19 vaccine in select stores. However, according to its website, none of those locations are in Kansas or Missouri at this time.
When the vaccines are offered at a location near you, CVS says you will be notified through the store’s app, and will be able to schedule an appointment through the app as well.
HEALTH MART PHARMACIES
Health Mart Pharmacies signed a federal agreement with the CDC to allow eligible pharmacies to administer the COVID-19 vaccines.
These pharmacies are independently-owned pharmacies that are part of the Health Mart network, and do not carry the Health Mart name. There are multiple locations in Kansas and Missouri.
You will need to create an account to find a location and schedule an appointment online.
Hy-Vee is now offering COVID-19 vaccines at metro locations. You can find appointments online through Hy-Vee Pharmacy.
Each person is asked to complete a COVID-19 Vaccine Consent Form. You will also need to be able to upload your insurance card and Medicare card, if applicable.
There is also an option to sign up for updates, if you’re interested in receiving that information.
Hy-Vee asks you to be patient as vaccines remain limited and appointments are filled quickly.
BALLS FOOD PHARMACIES
This covers several store chains across Kansas City. At this time, vaccines are only given at locations on the Kansas side of the metro. Owners also say they are only able to vaccinate individuals who are 65 years and older. If you meet other state criteria, you’re asked to visit your local health department or health system to make an appointment.
The three store chains owned by Ball Foods in Kansas are Hen House, Balls Price Chopper and Sun Fresh.
As of Feb. 22, Balls Foods says it has not received any vaccine allocation for the week. The company doesn’t know yet when it will arrive.
Balls Foods says it will post an update and appointments online once it learns more and can begin scheduling people.
Kroger owns several Dillons stores on the Kansas side of the metro.
Right now the company says it has limited quantities of COVID-19 vaccine available.
Kroger set up a website to help find an appointment near you, if there is one available.
Certain Price Chopper locations in the metro are approved to administer COVID-19 vaccines. Please keep in mind, they are only the locations owned by Balls Foods.
Balls Foods says it will post an update and appointments online once it can begin scheduling people.
Sam’s Club locations are approved to give COVID-10 vaccines through the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program.
You do not need to be a member of Sam’s Club to get a vaccine at one of its pharmacies. Scheduling is available through Sam’s Club website when appointments are available.
At this time, there are only two Sam’s Club locations in the Kansas City area that are providing COVID-19 vaccines. Both locations are located in Missouri. They are:
- Independence, Mo.
- 4100 S Bolger Rd.
- St. Joseph, Mo.
- 5201 N Belt Hwy
Walgreens is expanding its vaccinations in stores across the country.
Vaccine inventory is still limited and available to eligible individuals by appointment only at select Walgreens stores. Appointments can be made through Walgreens’ updated appointment scheduler when vaccine becomes available.
You can also sign into your Walgreens.com pharmacy account to complete eligibility screening.
More than 1,000 Walmart and Sam’s Club pharmacies in 22 states are receiving federal vaccine allocations this week, with an emphasis on locations that reach customers in underserved communities with limited access to health care.
There are multiple Walmart locations in both Kansas and Missouri currently scheduling appointments.
At this point, appointments must be scheduled online.