Costco to Start Offering Covid-19 Vaccinations in Select States
Though only to those already eligible, per state and federal guidelines.
For many folks, Costco is a lifeline, the kind of magical place where you can easily find everything you need (plus a whole lot that you don't), and plenty of it, in oneplace. On the other hand, America's Covid-19 vaccine rollout hasn't exactly gone perfectly, marred by occasional supply shortages and widespread logistical challenges.
So what happens when you combine that bulk buying haven with the distribution of a sought-after vaccine that we're all going to need if life is going to get back to normal someday? Well, we're about to find out.
Recently, Costco announced that it "will be administering Covid-19 vaccines as soon as they are available," in accordance with state and federal guidelines. So far, it seems they plan to offer the vaccine through on-site pharmacies in California, Oregon, Washington, South Carolina, New York, and Puerto Rico, with links to book appointments or find more information about local eligibility clickable from the announcement page.
They're not the only big box retailer helping to get shots in arms. Costco's announcement follows in the footsteps of Walmart and Sam's Club, who are eligible to start vaccinating at 1,000 pharmacies across 22 states as of earlier in February.
Before you grab your membership card to go down and get your vaccination alongside a 72-pound wheel of parmesan cheese, you're going to want to know a few things. First and foremost, Costco can't magically work around a state's existing vaccination eligibility guidelines. If you're not currently eligible in a given state (meaning you're not of a certain age, a high-risk frontline worker, or have certain covered comorbidities), then Costco's not going to go ahead with your appointment just because you're a member.
Simultaneously, they only have "a limited number of COVID-19 vaccines, typically moderna, in select location[s]." So while they've got some shots available, it's not like they've got crates and crates of Kirkland Signature Covid-19 vaccine ready to go.
So if you're over 65 or you have an older, Costco-loving relative in any of those eligible states, it's time to get online and try your luck at booking an appointment. Obviously this won't be enough to turn the pandemic's tide by itself. But if one can now get a Covid-19 shot from the same place that sells cheap food court hot dogs, it means we're just a little bit closer to the light at the end of the tunnel.