SEATTLE – If you’re looking for a place to schedule your COVID-19 booster shot, you can have a look at your local Safeway. The food giant announced Tuesday that it had started offering free Pfizer booster vaccinations to eligible patients who received their last injection 6 months or more ago.
Under the direction of the Washington State Department of Health, patients should receive a two-dose booster six months after stopping the Pfizer series if they:
- Are 65 years of age or older.
- Are 18 years of age or older and live in a care facility.
- They are 50 to 64 years old and have previous illnesses or an increased risk of social inequality.
Patients between the ages of 18 and 49 with a history of illness or those between the ages of 18 and 64 who are at higher risk of transmission due to their job or circumstances may also choose to receive a Pfizer booster vaccination.
Boosters are only approved for use in patients who have taken the Pfizer vaccine. Boosters for the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines could be announced in the following weeks, the DOH said.
Safeway says it allows preplanned and walk-in appointments for refresher shots at all pharmacy locations. You can make an appointment to get a booster vaccination online via Safeway’s website.
Safeway is not the only pharmacy to jump on the booster train: On Friday, CVS also announced that it would make boosters available to suitable patients.
“We have the experience and the infrastructure to play a leadership role in the delivery of booster syringes to appropriate populations,” said Troyen A. Brennan, MD, MPH, executive vice president and chief medical officer, CVS Health. “We continue to make it as convenient as possible for the unvaccinated to receive their first doses.”