September 1, 2009
CVS begins seasonal flu shots
Seasonal flu shots begin Tuesday without appointment at MinuteClinics and select CVS/pharmacy stores, CVS Caremark officials in Rhode Island say.
CVS Caremark officials say 100,000 free seasonal flu shots will be offered to the unemployed at flu clinics scheduled at One-Stop Career Center locations. Vouchers for free flu shots at CVS/pharmacy or MinuteClinic will also be offered to the unemployed.A recent CVS Caremark Health IQ study revealed that those who are unemployed and seeking employment are among the least likely to get a flu shot -- 34 percent reported getting a flu shot last year, compared to 49 percent of respondents overall.
CVS Caremark wants to ensure cost and access are not barriers to getting a flu shot this year for one of the most vulnerable populations, the unemployed, Dr. Troyen A. Brennan, chief medical officer for CVS Caremark, says in a statement.
Our commitment to offer 100,000 free flu shots -- costing $3 million -- is part of broader efforts to help prevent the spread of seasonal flu.
Also, beginning Sept. 15, more than 9,000 flu shot clinic events will be held in select CVS/pharmacy stores nationwide.
Consumers can call 1-888-FLU-SHOT or go to cvs.com on the Web to find a list of vaccination locations.