WOONSOCKET, R.I., Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- With the unemployment rate currently at the highest in over two decades, CVS Caremark today announced it has begun to provide 100,000 free seasonal flu shots to the unemployed as part of its efforts to help keep Americans healthy this flu season. The initiative kicks off today at The Work Place, a member of the Massachusetts Career One-Stop Initiative in Boston.
In more than 20 markets across the country, CVS Caremark will offer vouchers for free seasonal flu shots worth a total of $3 million. The vouchers will be distributed at participating One-Stop Career Centers and other select employment training agencies that offer career resources, training, and workforce information to job seekers, students, and businesses. More information on contacting the individual employment centers participating in the free flu voucher program can be found at www.cvs.com/flu.
"The unemployed are particularly vulnerable this flu season, as many lack health insurance or employer coverage for a flu shot. We are excited to get this program underway and to start providing protection for this group as early in the flu season as possible," said Troyen A. Brennan, M.D., Chief Medical Officer for CVS Caremark.
Beginning the week of October 5th, participating employment centers will offer free flu shot vouchers for distribution to their unemployed clients. The vouchers can be redeemed at CVS/pharmacy stores during a scheduled flu shot clinic or at MinuteClinic health centers located within select CVS/pharmacy stores during their regular hours of operation; no appointment necessary. Please note that free flu shot vouchers will not be available at CVS/pharmacy or MinuteClinic.
Participating employment centers are located in California, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Rhode Island, Texas, Virginia and Washington, DC.
In addition to offering free flu vaccinations for the unemployed, CVS Caremark is continuing to provide convenient options for all consumers to get a flu shot. Seasonal flu shots are now available daily, without an appointment, at more than 500 MinuteClinic health center locations. Vaccinations can also be obtained at more than 10,000 flu shot clinic events in select CVS/pharmacy stores nationwide. Vaccinations are covered by most insurance plans. Consumers can call 1-888-FLU-SHOT or go to www.cvs.com to find a list of vaccination locations.
About CVS Caremark
CVS Caremark is the largest provider of prescriptions in the nation. The Company fills or manages more than 1 billion prescriptions annually. Through its unmatched breadth of service offerings, CVS Caremark is transforming the delivery of health care services in the U.S. The Company is uniquely positioned to effectively manage costs and improve health care outcomes through its more than 7,000 CVS/pharmacy and Longs Drugs stores; its Caremark Pharmacy Services division (pharmacy benefit management, mail order and specialty pharmacy); its retail-based health clinic subsidiary, MinuteClinic; and its online pharmacy, CVS.com. General information about CVS Caremark is available through the Investor Relations section of the Company's Web site, at www.cvscaremark.com/investors, as well as through the press room section of the Company's Web site, at www.cvscaremark.com/newsroom.