Rite Aid joins pharmacies in Delaware offering Covid-19 vaccine appointments

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Rite Aid is now offering  Covid -19 vaccination appointments in Delaware.

Rite Aid is the third of the state’s trio of pharmacy chains to offer vaccines, joining Walgreens and CVS. Several independent pharmacies in Delaware also offer vaccines.

Following a directive from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Biden-Harris  Administration, Rite Aid announced expanded eligibility for Covid-19 vaccine appointments to pre-K to high school educators, school staff, and licensed childcare staff. 

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According to the Rite Aid Covid-19 site,   health care workers and those over 65  in Delaware are eligible for vaccination appointments.

Select  Covid-19 vaccine appointments at Rite Aid are available to educators, school staff, and licensed childcare program staff on March 12.

For other eligible individuals, under state and local guidelines, appointments will be available for scheduling beginning Saturday, March 13. Delaware is currently under Phase 1B, a category that includes frontline workers and those over 65.

Rite Aid scheduling for Delaware can be found here.

The tool has been updated to reflect the new eligibility criteria, including:

  • -Pre-Kindergarten – 12th-grade educators and staff
  • Childcare workers
  • Family childcare providers
  • Head Start & Early Head Start

 “Teachers and school employees are cornerstones of our communities, and we truly appreciate all the hard work and dedication they continue to put into educating our children as we battle this pandemic,” said Jim Peters, chief operating officer, Rite Aid. “In support of the HHS directive for provider partners to prioritize the vaccination of educators, school staff, and licensed childcare staff, we are proud to do our part in protecting school communities and returning educators, staff, and students safely back into classrooms. In-person learning is a critical step toward addressing mental health concerns and educational disparities for our most disadvantaged and vulnerable students. We continue to embrace our role in helping end the pandemic.”

Rite Aid continues to schedule clinics outside of its online scheduler through partnerships with government officials, churches, and community organizations, as well as a toll-free phone number in certain markets that addresses an equity gap for those without internet. 

Rite Aid is also working with its state and local jurisdiction partners in an attempt to remove more restrictive eligibility criteria requirements placed upon Rite Aid that limits its ability to step up vaccinations.

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