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


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(Reuters) – CVS Health Corp (NYSE:) said on Monday it would fill as many as 25,000 clinical and retail jobs ahead of the flu season and as the United States prepares to administer booster COVID-19 vaccine shots.

Most of the jobs available were full-time or part-time for licensed pharmacists and nurse technicians, as well as temporary nurses. The company also said it is looking for retail employees.

CVS has recently increased the minimum hourly wage for employees, as many retailers in the United States struggle to attract and retain workers amid the nationwide COVID-19 epidemic.

CVS, Walgreens Boots Alliance (NASDAQ:), and the other pharmacies which plan to give boosters will see more visitors between November-January, increasing their pressure to recruit and keep employees.

CVS stated Monday that it would use the Sept. 24-based virtual hiring campaign to help administer extra shots. This is subject to regulatory approval. It continues to provide COVID-19 testing and vaccines for those not yet immunized.

Although the Biden administration planned to distribute booster shots in the week ending Sept. 20, advisers from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration rejected the idea of a wider approval. Instead, they recommended that shots be used only by Americans over 65 and people at risk for severe illnesses.

CVS, which administers more than 34,000,000 COVID-19 vaccines, and has performed 32,000,000 tests in the past, announced last March that it will hire 50,000 workers to support patients and customers during this coronavirus crisis. The company hired another 15,000 employees in the fourth quarter.

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