This story was last updated Feb. 10, 2021.

Jan. 11, 2021 – While bureaucratic snafus, delivery problems and a lack of planning has bogged down the initial rollout of COVID-19 vaccines, more and more states are expanding the list of eligible recipients.

Each state has set priorities about who gets the vaccine first, based on recommendations from the federal government. Currently, the states are rolling the vaccine out in categories based on need. Health care workers and people living in nursing homes are highest priority, and they began receiving the vaccine in mid-December. People ages 75 years and older, along with essential workers like first responders, are next, although several states have lowered that requirement to 65.

Adults between 65 and 75 years old, and younger people (between 16 and 64) at high risk, along with other essential workers, will get the vaccine in the next phase. Assuming there is enough of the vaccine to go around after that, everyone else will be able to get one, likely sometime in the late spring or early summer. That process of getting everyone vaccinated is expected to take until late summer or early fall.

Most vaccinations are now taking place at hospitals or public health clinics. But, the vaccine will likely be available to the public at most pharmacy chain stores like CVS, Walgreens, and others; along with in-store pharmacies at Costco, Kroger, Target, Publix, HEB, and other national and regional chains. 

Experts suggest regularly checking state public health department websites for information. Some states offer vaccine safety information, details about who qualifies for vaccines now, where to get them, and ways to sign up for COVID-19 and vaccine alerts. Those websites are listed below.

 

Alabama:

Vaccine providers

Health department appointment line: 1-855-566-5333

Alaska:

Vaccine locator

Arizona:

Vaccine information page

Vaccine locator

Arkansas:

Vaccine information page

Vaccine locator

California:

Vaccine information page

Vaccine appointments (San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego only)

Colorado:

Vaccine information page

Vaccine locator

Connecticut:

Vaccine information page

Vaccine appointments

Delaware:

Vaccine information page

Vaccine locator

District of Columbia:

Vaccine information page

Sign up for updates on availability

Vaccine locator

Florida:

Vaccine information page

Vaccine locator

Georgia:

Vaccine information page

Vaccine locator

Hawaii:

Vaccine information page

Vaccine registration

Idaho:

Vaccine information page

Vaccine locator

Illinois:

Vaccine information page

Vaccine locator

Indiana:

Vaccine information page

Vaccine locator

Iowa:

Vaccine information page

Vaccine locator

Kansas:

Vaccine information page

Vaccine locator

Kentucky:

Vaccine information page

Vaccine locator

Louisiana:

Vaccine information page

Vaccine locator

Maine:

Vaccine information page

Vaccine locator

Maryland:

Vaccine information page

Vaccine locator

Massachusetts:

Vaccine information page

Sign up for updates

Michigan:

Vaccine information page

Vaccine locator

Minnesota:

Vaccine information page

Vaccine locator

Mississippi:

Vaccine information page

Vaccine locator

Missouri:

Vaccine information page

Vaccine locator

Montana:

Vaccine information page

Vaccine locator

Nebraska:

Vaccine information page

Vaccine locator

Nevada:

Vaccine information page

Vaccine locator

New Hampshire:

Vaccine information page

Vaccine registration

New Jersey:

Vaccine information page

Vaccine locator (for public)

Vaccine locator (for health care workers)

New Mexico:

Vaccine information page

Register for vaccine appointment

New York:

Vaccine information page

Vaccine locator

North Carolina:

Vaccine information page

Vaccine locator

North Dakota:

Vaccine information page

Vaccine locator

Ohio:

Vaccine information page

COVID vaccine locations

Oklahoma:

Vaccine information page

Vaccine appointments

Oregon:

Vaccine information page

Vaccine locator

Pennsylvania:

Vaccine information page and locator

Rhode Island:

Vaccine information page

South Carolina:

Vaccine information page

Vaccine locator

South Dakota:

Vaccine information page

Vaccine locator

Tennessee:

Vaccine information page

See your eligibility for vaccine

Texas:

Vaccine information page

Vaccine locator

Utah:

Vaccine information page

Vaccine locator

Vermont:

Vaccine information page

Vaccine appointments

Virginia:

Vaccine information page

Washington:

Vaccine information page

Vaccine locator

West Virginia:

Vaccine information page

Vaccine registration

Wisconsin:

Vaccine information page

Wyoming:

Vaccine information page

County COVID vaccine information

 

WebMD Health News

Sources

Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report: “The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ Updated Interim Recommendation for Allocation of COVID-19 Vaccine -- United States, December 2020.”

Los Angeles Times: “When can I get the COVID-19 vaccine?”

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