covid-19-vaccine-now In this April 29, 2021, file photo, nurse Natasha García administers a dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to Magaly Esparza in a mobile clinic set up in the parking lot of a shopping center in Orange, Calif.
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“For those having trouble finding a location or making an appointment, we’re going to make it easier than ever,” President Joe Biden.  

As accessibility to the COVID-19 vaccine continues to expand, more pharmacies are offering walk-in vaccinations as well as same-day appointments. 

Just a few weeks ago, finding a vaccination site and making an appointment seemed impossible. Now, it’s easier than ever. 

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National chains such as Walmart, Walgreens, Publix, Safeway, Rite Aid, and Stop & Shop are now offering walk-in COVID-19 vaccinations or same-day appointments. 

On May 4, President Joe Biden said the administration is broadening access to the COVID-19 vaccine, aiming to have at least 70% of American adults vaccinated with their first shot by July 4.

NPR reports that currently, 118 million people, or 35.8% of the total US population, are fully vaccinated. But we know that for the Black and Latino communities, those figures are considerably lower. 

An estimated 11% of Latinos are fully vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), while less than 10% of Blacks have been fully vaccinated. 

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 “We know that many adults have not been vaccinated because they have found it too confusing or too difficult or too inconvenient to get a shot,” Biden said, discussing the federal website that offers information on where to find the closest vaccine near you. “So for those having trouble finding a location or making an appointment, we’re going to make it easier than ever.” 

He added, “Now, I know some people find making an appointment in advance inconvenient. So, starting this week, we are also going to direct all federal pharmacy partners to begin to provide walk-in hours. You’ll soon be able to get vaccinated without an appointment at the vast majority of our 40,000 pharmacy locations across the country.” 

How to Find a COVID-19 Vaccine Site Near You 

Visit: https://www.vaccines.gov/

You can also visit websites of pharmacies and grocery stores directly, including Walgreens, Rite Aid, Walmart, CVS, Publix, Safeway, Albertson’s, Stop & Shop, Kroger, Winn-Dixie, Costco, GeriMed, Health Mart Pharmacies, H-E-B, Hy-Vee, Meijer, Food Lion, Giant Food, The Giant Company, Hannaford Bros Co, Harveys, Fresco y Más, Harris Teeter, Fred Meyer, Fry’s, Ralphs, King Soopers, Smiths, City Market, Dillons, Mariano’s, Pick-n-Save, Metro Market, Acme Fresh Markets, Associated Food Stores, Big-Y Pharmacy and Wellness Center, Brookshire’s Pharmacy, Super One Pharmacy, FRESH by Brookshire’s Pharmacy, Coborn’s Pharmacy, MarketPlace Pharmacy, Giant Eagle, Hartig Drug Company, Food City Pharmacy, Ingles Pharmacy, Raley’s, Save Mart Pharmacies, Lucky Pharmacies, Sprouts, SpartanNash, Price Chopper, Tops Friendly Markets, ShopRite, Wegmans, and Weis Markets, Inc.

As we previously reported, the COVID-19 vaccine is free and available to all adults, regardless of citizenship. Children ages 12 to 15 can also get the Pfizer vaccine.