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PHILADELPHIA— Following FDA authorization and CDC recommendation, Rite Aid announced scheduling is available for eligible customers seeking the updated COVID-19 vaccines at its locations and at Bartell Drugs locations in the Pacific Northwest. Appointments are available beginning September 22.

“Rite Aid looks forward to providing our customers access to the updated COVID-19 vaccine to safeguard the health and well-being of our communities heading into respiratory season,” said Karen Staniforth, chief pharmacy officer at Rite Aid. “We strongly encourage everyone to prepare by staying up to date on all recommended immunizations.”

The updated COVID-19 vaccine provides enhanced protection against currently circulating variants of COVID-19.

The vaccine is recommended for individuals six months and older. An updated COVID-19 vaccine is needed for those who have not received a COVID-19 vaccine in the past two months, according to the CDC. Rite Aid pharmacists are trained to immunize customers ages three and older.

Eligible Rite Aid customers may schedule an appointment at

Other immunizations, including the flu vaccine, can also be scheduled via the online scheduling tool, and COVID-19 and flu vaccinations can be administered during the same appointment.