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CVS expands vaccination efforts in Northeast Ohio

Thousands of new Pfizer doses are now available.

CLEVELAND — Helen Reynolds of Sheffield has been trying for weeks to schedule her COVID-19 vaccine.

"At our age, we need to be very careful," she said.

On Wednesday, she finally succeeded.

"It really is a peace of mind," she said. "We're really looking forward to get this vaccine."

Over 65, Reynolds now has an appointment at a CVS in Lorain this weekend. On Wednesday, the national pharmacy announced it would be offering additional vaccinations to eligible populations starting Thursday in six states: Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, and Ohio.

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"CVS can guarantee you that if you have your appointment, you're getting your vaccine," said Hiba Betka, a vaccine leader with CVS, which now has 570,000 new doses and more on the way. "The second we get another dose, we're always updating the website, so we thank everybody for their patience and we can't wait to get everybody vaccinated."

The company says locations were chosen to allow for equitable access by the most impacted populations. In Ohio, that meant availability at seven new locations, including five in Cuyahoga, Lorain, and Stark counties. This add to 19 existing CVS pharmacies in the state which have been vaccinating since January.

Appointments can be booked through the CVS app, CVS.com, or by calling (800) 746-7287. Walk-ins will not be accepted.