Giant Eagle pharmacies to require appointments for COVID-19 vaccines, boosters

Published: Sep. 26, 2021 at 5:35 PM EDT
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Those seeking COVID-19 vaccinations and booster shots at Giant Eagle pharmacies will now need to schedule an appointment ahead of time, the company said Sunday in a media release.

The CDC recently recommended that people ages 65 years and older and people ages 50 to 64 with underlying medical conditions should get a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

The pharmacy is requiring appointments in anticipation of increased demand for booster shots as a result of the CDC recommendations, the release said.

Giant Eagle said it is providing Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine boosters to those who received a second dose of the initial vaccine series more than 6 months ago and who meet the following criteria:

  • Residents of Long-Term Care Facilities (LTCF) (18+ years of age)
  • Patients 65+ years of age
  • Patients 18-64 years of age with underlying medical conditions.
  • Patients 18-64 years of age who are in an occupational or institutional setting where the burden of COVID-19 infection and risk of transmission are high, including essential workers, unpaid caregivers of a frail or immunocompromised person, paid or unpaid workers who interact within six feet of others and those who live in a congregate setting (e.g., a homeless shelter or correctional facility).

Although the recent CDC guidelines only apply to boosters, Giant Eagle is requiring appointments for all COVID-19 vaccines.

Patients can make appointments online at

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