CVS Health to hire 25,000 people ahead of flu season, COVID-19 boosters

Sept. 20 (Reuters) – CVS Health Corp said Monday it will fill up to 25,000 clinical and retail jobs ahead of flu season and as the United States prepares to administer booster vaccines against COVID-19.

The company said most of the available jobs were for full-time, part-time and temporary pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and nurses, adding that it was also looking for employees to help it run its retail stores. .

CVS recently raised the minimum hourly wage for its staff as retailers across the United States scramble to retain and attract more people to work amid a nationwide labor shortage due to of the COVID-19 pandemic.

CVS, rival Walgreens Boots Alliance and other pharmacies that plan to administer boosters are expected to see more traffic between November and January, which will put them under increasing pressure to hire and retain employees.

CVS said on Monday that the September 24 virtual hiring campaign will help it administer the additional injections, pending regulatory approval, as it continues to offer COVID-19 testing as well as vaccines to those who do not. have not yet been immunized.

The Biden administration had planned to make the booster injections widely available by the week of September 20, but U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisers last week rejected broader approval of the injections, recommending their use in Americans 65 years of age and over and those at high risk. serious illness.

CVS, which has administered more than 34 million COVID-19 vaccines and more than 32 million tests, announced in March last year that it would hire 50,000 employees to help patients and clients during the outbreak of coronavirus. It hired 15,000 more people in the fourth quarter of 2020. (Report by Amruta Khandekar; edited by Maju Samuel)

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