CVS to now provide vaccines at Suffolk location

Published 3:41 pm Thursday, February 4, 2021

CVS Health has added eight locations in Virginia to administer COVID-19 vaccines and now includes Suffolk.

The city’s location is at 2775 Godwin Blvd. and it is now one of 36 CVS locations across the state, along with others in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Virginia Beach, Hampton and Newport News, that will administer the vaccine beginning Feb. 11. Appointments can be made starting Feb. 9.

Despite the increase in locations where it will vaccinate people, the amount of vaccine CVS Health will get will not change. A spokeswoman with CVS Health confirmed that its dose allotment will not change. It will still be getting about 26,000 doses to distribute to the 36 CVS locations, rather than the 28 locations it had previously announced.

CVS has three locations in Western Tidewater. Besides Suffolk, there is also one in Windsor at 12 E. Windsor Blvd. and in Smithfield at 1109 Benns Church Blvd., though those locations, for now, are not offering the vaccine.

Other localities with CVS pharmacies in this vaccine rollout include Alexandria, Arlington, Bedford, Blacksburg, Charlottesville, Chatham, Dublin, Fairfax, Fredericksburg, Gainesville, Harrisonburg, Leesburg, Lynchburg, Martinsville, Mechanicsville, Midlothian, Richmond, Roanoke, Rocky Mount, Stafford, Warrenton, Williamsburg, Winchester and Woodstock.

Virginia is one of 11 states where CVS will be vaccinating eligible people who are in Phase 1A or 1B. The company says it will expand locations and offer more appointments as more supply becomes available. CVS has said the vaccine would eventually be available at its stores across the country, pending availability, giving it the capacity to administer 20 million to 25 million shots per month.

To get the vaccine at a participating CVS location, people must register in advance at CVS.com or through the CVS Pharmacy app. Those without online access can call CVS customer service at 800-746-7287. No walk-in vaccinations without an appointment will be given.

CVS Health has been vaccinating residents and staff at more than 870 long-term care facilities across Virginia, with first doses at all facilities that chose CVS Health to administer the COVID-19 vaccine to be completed by mid-February, with second doses expected to be well underway at that point.

Statewide, 920,641 total doses have been administered, with 775,357 people having received at least one dose of the vaccination. Pharmacies in Virginia have administered 28,300 vaccines, according to the Virginia Department of Health through data reported as of Feb. 4. The state dashboard notes the state is averaging 39,770 doses administered per day.

In Suffolk, 6,566 vaccine doses have been administered, with 919 people fully vaccinated according to state health department data. In Isle of Wight County, 3,062 vaccine doses have been administered, with 323 people fully vaccinated, while in Southampton County, 1,183 vaccine doses have been administered, with 68 people fully vaccinated. In Franklin, 1,038 vaccine doses have been administered, with 106 people fully vaccinated.

The health department notes that 114,134 doses statewide have not been mapped.