Cleveland, OH - Giant Eagle Pharmacy announced today its plan to schedule COVID-19 vaccination appointments for Ohio residents who fall within the State’s Phase 1B. The retailer also stressed patience as pharmacies across Ohio play their part in helping increase the number of people across our communities protected from the pandemic-causing virus.
Giant Eagle will launch an online vaccine appointment scheduling tool at www.gianteagle.com/covid by Wednesday morning, January 20. Each Giant Eagle Pharmacy location will make initial vaccine appointments available starting Thursday, January 21 through the weekend. More appointments will be loaded onto the site as individual pharmacies receive additional shipments of vaccine.
“We are prepared to play our part in the state’s next step to vaccinate all Ohioans,” said Giant Eagle Vice President of Risk and Chief Pandemic Officer Vic Vercammen. “We encourage our communities to appreciate the positive impact that this week will bring as thousands of Ohioans are vaccinated in a matter of days.”
Vercammen continued, “At the same time, we recognize the inevitable frustrations that many will feel as appointments across Ohio fill up quickly. Please know that Giant Eagle remains in close contact with health officials at the county and state levels and we expect to receive additional shipments of COVID-19 vaccine in the days to come.”
Vaccination guidelines are set strictly by health authorities. If a patient does not meet the eligibility requirements set by their local health department, Giant Eagle will be unable to administer a vaccine regardless of whether an appointment is scheduled. All Ohioans are asked to only schedule a vaccine appointment when they are deemed eligible by health authorities.
Giant Eagle also recognizes that some across our communities may not have convenient internet access. While the retailer’s online tool is the primary means for those within Phase 1B to schedule appointments, those without internet access may contact their local Giant Eagle pharmacy to ask about appointment availability. As will likely be the case with all Ohio pharmacies, however, it is stressed that Giant Eagle expects initial appointment opportunities to fill quickly and asks for everyone’s patience as we work together to keep Ohio healthy.
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