CVS, Rite Aid, and Walgreens are offering additional COVID booster shots across the country.
Here are the FOX Business Flash top news stories for April. Major pharmacies are encouraging Americans who are 50 and older to obtain an additional COVID-19 vaccine at all their pharmacies across the country, stating that the additional vaccinations can be “critical” in fighting the current epidemic.
The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday approved an additional dose of Pfizer also known as Moderna vaccine for this age group as well as for those who suffer from a weak immune system for as long as it’s been at least four weeks since the last time they were vaccinated.
Since then, Walgreens, CVS, and Rite Aid have encouraged eligible customers to sign up for appointments via the internet or on their mobile apps. In some instances, pharmacies have begun to allow customers to walk in.
Walgreens announced that it would begin providing an additional booster of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine and the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for patients who are eligible on Friday.
This comes at a point where the country is experiencing an increase in the number of cases that are being reported in some regions in the nation, as per the pharmaceutical large.
“With COVID-19 cases increasing and the decline in vaccine immunity as time passes, older people and those with immunocompromised are more at risk of suffering from severe diseases caused by COVID-19,” stated Walgreens Chief Medical Officer Kevin Ban.
Ban stated that “as we attempt to get to an endemic situation that is more manageable It is essential for all to be current on vaccinations and boosters for COVID-19 as soon as they’re eligible.”
Similar to that, Rite Aid also began giving an additional dosage of Pfizer also known as Moderna vaccine in its pharmacies throughout the United States.
It was Rite Aid chief pharmacy officer Karen Staniforth said “vaccination is essential in the battle to fight COVID-19.”
Rite Aid has administered over 15 million COVID-19 vaccinations up to the present. Rite Aid also encourages “anyone who hasn’t yet received their initial vaccinations to take the necessary steps and get booster shots as soon as they are you are eligible.”
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CVS said on FOX Business Friday that eligible customers are able to make an appointment to receive another booster on the internet or via the app for pharmacies. The pharmacy is also open for appointments on the same day or by walk-in however, they “are dependent on demand in the local area,” according to the company.
There’s evidence that protection may decrease particularly among high-risk groups and for those who are at risk, a booster “will aid in saving people’s lives” FDA vaccine chief Dr. Peter Marks said.
However, just about half of Americans who qualified for an additional shot have had one. The government advised everyone to be up-to-date on their vaccinations. Two shots, plus boosters are still great protection against death and serious illness even in the cold winter months of super-contagious omicron.