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COVID-19 vaccine rollout sees hiring frenzy for pharmacists
CVS exec says coronavirus vaccine can be administered to general public ‘very quickly’
CVS is rolling out the COVID-19 vaccine program for long-term care facility staff and residents. CVS Health Executive Vice President Tom Moriarty with more.
The nation's drugstores and groceries are racing to hire thousands of pharmacists and technicians to administer COVID-19 vaccines to the masses.
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Pharmacies big and small were laying off pharmacists as recently as summer, as the profession's outlook grew dim. Now some of those same pharmacies and supermarkets are making public pleas, reaching out to retired workers and offering signing bonuses. Several retail pharmacy chains, including CVS Health Corp. and Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc., have agreed to work with the U.S. government to serve as Covid-19 vaccination sites.
WALGREENS, CVS HIRING THOUSANDS OF WORKERS TO HELP WITH VACCINE DISTRIBUTION
"Calling all pharmacists, nurses and pharmacy techs," read a mass email to customers from CVS, in which the company said it is urgently hiring thousands of health-care professionals. CVS, which employs 34,000 pharmacists and 65,000 technicians, declined to say how many workers it is hiring. The company is looking for both short-term and permanent workers.
Walgreens said it plans to hire about 25,000 people across the U.S., including 8,000 to 9,000 pharmacists and other health-care workers, to administer the vaccine. It employs 75,000 pharmacists and technicians.