(Walgreen article on swine-flu vaccine plans updated with CVS and Rite Aid swine-flu vaccine plans.)



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announced today that it is offering the swine flu vaccine in 27 states and plans to have it available in stores in all 50 states by the end of the year.

Walgreen had only been offering the vaccine in select markets to those deemed to be priority groups by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. But as more states are lifting these restrictions, the drugstore is able to provide the H1N1 vaccine to anyone who meets the state age requirements.

Walgreen has so far administered more than 200,000 vaccines. Each vaccine costs $18.

On Dec. 21 Walgreen plans to offer the vaccine in 10 new states, including New York and California.

CVS Caremark

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also said on Wednesday that it is now offering the swine flu vaccine in 20 states and Washington, D.C.

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currently offers the vaccine in 12 states and received word on Tuesday that orders have now been shipped to New York and Maine.

-- Reported by Jeanine Poggi in New York.

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