COVID-19 vaccines now at every Rite Aid for online and walk-in appointments

LAKE RONKONKOMA, NY ( / — Rite Aid announced on Friday it is now administering the COVID-19 vaccine at every store, with or without an advance appointment. Within Sachem, Rite Aid is located near Kohl’s on Hawkins Avenue in Lake Ronkonkoma. Rite Aid also has stores nearby in Medford, Sayville, Selden, Smithtown, and West Patchogue.

"While scheduling appointments in advance is recommended to reduce wait time and guarantee availability of the vaccine, Rite Aid is now also accommodating walk-in vaccines on a limited basis in every store," according to the company's announcement. "Enabling walk-in appointments supports customers that may not have access to [the] internet while also meeting the need for flexibility for customers. People interested in a walk-in appointment are encouraged to visit their local Rite Aid to confirm availability."

Following the latest guidance from the Biden Administration, all those aged 16 years or older are now eligible for vaccination.

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"The availability of vaccines in every Rite Aid location is a major milestone in our ongoing effort to fight COVID-19," said Jim Peters, chief operating officer, Rite Aid. "We've been on the front lines since the beginning of the pandemic, working across our store footprint to bring testing and vaccines directly to local communities."

Peters added: "Vaccine availability is improving every day, and our pharmacists are ready to administer vaccines safely and efficiently, providing the benefits of pharmacist-administered vaccines in a safe and sterile environment right in your neighborhood. Also, in addition to the grassroots efforts we've undertaken with our community partners, the availability of these walk-in appointments provides another way for those with limited or no technology access to more easily obtain COVID vaccines. We encourage everyone to make an appointment, or walk-in, today."

Through its participation in the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program and as an Official COVID-19 Vaccination Program Provider, Rite Aid has accelerated its COVID-19 immunization efforts as allocation has expanded. Rite Aid's certified immunizing pharmacists are administering the Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech and Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccines.

Individuals ages 18 and over can schedule appointments using the Rite Aid scheduling tool found at

Here is the list of local Rite Aid stores and the name of the vaccine offered, according to the company's website as of Friday.

139 Ronkonkoma Avenue, Lake Ronkonkoma
Vaccine: Johnson & Johnson
700-43 Patchogue-Yaphank Road, Medford
Vaccine: Johnson & Johnson
2799 Route 112, Medford
Vaccine: Johnson & Johnson
101 Main Street, Sayville
Vaccine: Moderna 
229 Independence Plaza, Selden
Vaccine: Johnson & Johnson

65 Route 111, Smithtown
Vaccine: Johnson & Johnson

397 Sunrise Highway, West Patchogue
Vaccine: Johnson & Johnson


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