Rite Aid

Rite Aid in Napoleon will start offering COVID-19 vaccines Wednesday, by appointment only. Appointments can scheduled at www.riteaid.com.

Rite Aid in Napoleon will start administering COVID-19 vaccines Wednesday to those who are currently eligible, by appointment only. Appointments can be scheduled online now.

Micah Weirich, store manager of the Napoleon location, said they are participating in the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program and are administering Pfizer vaccine in accordance with the state eligibility guidelines. At this time, Weirich said the vaccines are available for those who are 65 years and older.

The vaccines are by appointment only, and individuals should go online to riteaid.com to register. On the homepage, visitors should click on a link labeled "vaccine information" and then on the link "click here to view eligibility guide." In the Ohio section, it will list those who are currently eligible and then includes a link under "schedule here" to start the registration process and schedule an appointment. If individuals need assistance with the online registration process, they can call the Napoleon store at 419-592-9086.

Weirich said individuals will receive more information about the process as they go through the registration, but they will need to bring a photo ID and proof of insurance at the time of their appointment.

As of Tuesday afternoon, appointment slots were available on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday of this week.

"There should still be plenty of spots open," Weirich said Tuesday.

Starting next week, the vaccine availability hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-8 p.m., all by appointment only.

Rite Aid will be administering the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, which means a second dose will be needed 21 days after the first dose.

"We would keep tabs with the customer as far as the three weeks after they receive the first one," Weirich said.

Weirich said the store has been told to expect more than 1,000 doses of the vaccine a week.

According to Rite Aid's website, the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program for COVID-19 Vaccination is a collaboration between the federal government, states and territories and 21 national pharmacy partners and independent pharmacy networks. The program aims to increase access to the COVID-19 vaccine across the country by allowing the federal government to provide COVID-19 vaccines directly to pharmacies to vaccinate eligible individuals in their communities. As the state opens up eligibility for the vaccine, Weirich said the store will adjust along with those requirements.

"Right now, we're starting with the 65 and older tier," he said.

Also listed on the Rite Aid website is that individuals will not be charged for the vaccine or its administration. The federal government will pay for the cost of the vaccine, while vaccine providers will be reimbursed for administering the vaccine by the patient's insurance or by the Health Resources and Services Administration program for uninsured patients.

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