Some Maryland and Virginia CVS locations will start offering coronavirus vaccines to qualified groups beginning next week.

In Maryland, roughly 18 CVS locations will have about 11,000 doses starting Feb. 11 while in Virginia, about 28 stores are set to offer 26,000 doses.

The exact locations have yet to be determined, but the eligibility requirements will be based on the corresponding jurisdiction’s guidelines.

“Our presence in communities across the country makes us an ideal partner for administering vaccines in a safe, convenient, and familiar manner,” Karen S. Lynch, CVS Health president and CEO, said in a statement.

The vaccines for the initiative come from the federal government through the pharmacy partnership program. CVS will get roughly 250,000 doses, which it will distribute — by appointment only — throughout 11 states, including Maryland and Virginia.

CVS said it will expand the initiative to other states as more doses become available.

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