Walgreens and CVS temporarily close some stores as Covid surges

Walgreens (WBA) He said that, like many industries, the recent rise in the Omicron variant is putting significant pressure on its business in the short term and driving demand unlike “anything we’ve seen before.”

In a statement to CNN on Friday, Walgreens spokesperson Chris Lathan said, “While the vast majority of our stores are open and operating at normal business hours, the ongoing labor shortage combined with an increase in COVID-19 cases has resulted in individual cases in which We had to adjust business hours or temporarily close a limited number of stores.”

When deciding to adjust store hours, Lathan said the company is doing its best to minimize disruption to customers by choosing “less prescription-request” days. She added that when the company closes a pop-up, it directs some pharmacy services to the nearest open Walgreens store.

CVS said Friday that the lion’s share of its stores operate at regular weekend hours, according to Mike DeAngeles, CEO of CVS Corporate Communications. But he noted that “a small portion of stores are temporarily closed on one or both days of the weekend to help address acute staffing issues amid both an omicron surge and workforce shortages affecting nearly every industry and company.”

He said the adjusted opening hours at these stores are temporary.

Pharmacies closing due to hiring pressures is happening across the country, according to Mitchell Rothholz, chief of staff for the American Pharmacists Association.

“It’s a problem across the entire healthcare system, not just in the pharmacy,” Rothholz told CNN last month, but our members are constantly dealing with this now, because of the increased demand for tests as well as for Covid vaccines, people who want to get their boosters or even get their doses. first”.

Virginia Langmaid contributed to this report

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