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08/24/2021

Walgreens provides flu shots nationwide

Dan Berthiaume
Senior Editor, Technology
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Walgreens is now offering flu shots for everyone ages 3 and up by walk-in or appointment at more than 9,000 store locations nationwide. (Photo: Business Wire)

Walgreens is now offering flu shots for everyone ages three and up by walk-in or appointment at more than 9,000 store locations across the U.S

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise, eligible consumers will be able to receive a flu shot and COVID-19 vaccine in a single visit. Walgreens has been offering in-store COVID-19 vaccinations since February 2021. Customers may also choose to get their flu shot while getting other routine immunizations like shingles, pneumonia, whooping cough, meningitis, measles, tetanus, typhoid, polio, and others.

In addition, Walgreens has enhanced its vaccine scheduler to allow customers to schedule flu shot appointments as well as other routine immunizations, with plans to release additional enhancements in the coming months. The scheduler, an artificial intelligence-based Nuance voicebot, automatically provides answers to COVID-19 questions, confirms eligibility according to applicable guidelines, and schedules their vaccine appointments wherever vaccines are available. The Nuance solution also sends the customer an SMS text to confirm appointments after the call.

When customers schedule a flu or COVID-19 vaccine appointment, they will be asked if they would like to get additional vaccines. Walgreens pharmacy associates may administer flu vaccines to children ages three and up nationwide. To schedule a vaccination, customers can set up an appointment on the Walgreens website or walk in during pharmacy hours.

Customers can complete paperwork online and bring it with them, or complete paperwork digitally to automatically send to the pharmacy and reduce time during their appointment. Customers are asked to bring a face mask or face covering to wear during their appointment, wear loose-fitting clothing, and bring insurance information.

“Measures like social distancing, mask-wearing and increased flu vaccinations contributed to very few flu cases last season, however, as communities return to everyday activities amid a surge in COVID-19 cases, it is critical that people remain diligent about getting their flu vaccine,” said Kevin Ban, M.D., chief medical officer, Walgreens. “Walgreens pharmacy team members have more than a decade of experience administering vaccines and make it easy to get both your flu and COVID-19 vaccinations in one convenient stop.”

Walgreens partners with United Nations
In addition, for the ninth consecutive year, Walgreens is teaming up with the United Nations Foundation for the Get a Shot. Give a Shot. program to help provide vaccines to children around the world. Beginning Sept. 1 until Dec. 31, for every flu shot or other routine immunization administered, Walgreens will make a donation to the UN Foundation’s [email protected] campaign, up to $2.6 million. To date, the Get a Shot. Give a Shot. the program has helped provide more than 70 million vaccines to children around the world, and has committed to reaching 100 million immunizations by 2024.

Walgreens operates more than 9,000 retail locations across the U.S., Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.