Costco became the newest pharmacy chain on Saturday, announcing that it will begin providing coronavirus vaccines to Bay Area residents.
According to a company statement issued this Saturday, starting this week, Costco will be vaccinated at select stores in California (including a store in Marin County), usually Moderna.
The Costco store in Novato 300 Vintage Way will be the first store in the Bay Area to provide vaccination appointments. According to Costco’s booking page, eligible people (currently limited to basic healthcare workers) can make an appointment at the Novato store as early as Friday.
Although Costco is a membership-based company, it seems that Californians do not need to be members to register for appointments. However, if a non-healthcare worker tries to make an appointment, the company’s booking page will warn that the appointment will be cancelled.
The supermarket chain will also provide vaccines in designated locations in Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. Currently, California is one of six states where Costco provides vaccines.
The company statement reads: “Costco is firmly committed to helping protect the health and safety of our members and employees, and to provide services to our communities.”
A Costco representative did not immediately respond to a request for more detailed information, including when to expand the qualification pool and whether other stores in the Bay Area might also start offering vaccines.
Costco has joined a number of pharmacy chains, including CVS, Walgreens, Safeway and Rite Aid, which now provide COVID-19 vaccination in California.
CVS is providing vaccines to people over 65 and medical staff. Eligible people can make an appointment on CVS.com by calling 800-746-7287 or through the CVS Pharmacy app.
Walgreens also provides coronavirus vaccines in parts of the Bay Area, including in Contra Costa County. People can make an appointment online at Walgreens.com.