(WKBN) – Giant Eagle is beginning to schedule appointments for COVID-19 vaccines for those eligible to receive them.
Due to a change in policy, those interested in receiving a vaccine should not call the store. Instead, Giant Eagle is asking patients to request an appointment on Giant Eagle’s online portal.
All patients must schedule an appointment; no walk-ins are permitted.
Carol Litty of Poland was one of the first in the area Thursday to get the COVID-19 vaccine from Giant Eagle. She said the effort to get an appointment online was worth it.
“As long as you sign up and get somewhere, you know what I mean? I would have gone anywhere to sign up and get,” Litty said.
Every Giant Eagle pharmacy in Ohio received about 10,000 doses of the vaccine and started administering it Thursday.
Litty said she put aside worries about painful injections or potential side effects to avoid the alternative.
“That’s why I took the shot. I want to live, and if you don’t take the shot, at 83, I might not live,” she said.
There are a dozen stores in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties, each getting 100 doses of the vaccine, as well as Alliance, Hermitage and New Castle.
All of the stores require online registrations to make an appointment.
“You will need to periodically check with us to see if additional sites or additional slots have opened,” said Vic Vercammen, Giant Eagle pandemic officer. “Vaccines are coming, so while they may not be as quickly as some may hope, they are there, and we know more supply is coming behind what we have already received.”
You can search the portal by zip code to see what is available in your area.
You can see other locations offering the vaccine in the links below:
- How to get vaccines in Columbiana County
- How to get vaccines in Mahoning County
- How to get vaccines in Trumbull County
- How to get vaccines in Mercer and Lawrence counties
Not everyone is eligible to receive vaccinations. Ohio is moving to phase 1B of its vaccination plan, allowing senior citizens to begin receiving the vaccines. Pennsylvania’s phase 1A includes those ages 65 years of age and older and those from ages 16 to 64 with underlying health issues. Healthcare workers, first responders and nursing home residents and workers also qualify.
In order to determine eligibility in Pennsylvania, you should take a quiz on the state’s website.