Walgreens, the national pharmacy and retail chain, has announced a commitment to deliver the coronavirus vaccine to underserved communities.
The company launches the Vaccine Equity Initiative, which will expand vaccinations and form partnerships to meet the needs of each community.
“Walgreens recognizes that more needs to be done to reduce health inequalities and ensure fair work
Access to COVID Vaccines, ”said Carlos Cubia, Senior Vice President and Chief Global Diversity Officer.
Walgreens Boots Alliance said in a publication. “Our pharmacy team members reflect the communities we serve and have a deep understanding of the barriers to care for those hardest hit by the pandemic. This initiative, combined with our presence in the community, enables us to create bespoke solutions that can help improve community health. “
The pharmacy and retail giant will host off-site vaccination clinics in more than 100 underserved communities across the country. Walgreens will also work with heads of state, advocacy groups and religious organizations to get information about vaccination sites as well as where and when residents can get a chance.
Uber and Walgreens will also expand their collaboration to offer free or discounted rides to seniors and disabled residents in Chicago, Atlanta, El Paso and Houston. The companies will also expand the partnership as more vaccines become available. The pharmacy giant has also committed to offering coronavirus tests in more than half of its 9,000 pharmacies nationwide by April 1.
The coronavirus pandemic has hit the US harder than most other countries. More than 29.5 million Americans have contracted the virus and more than 533,000 Americans have died from the virus. In comparison, there are fewer than 1 million cases and fewer than 25,000 deaths in Canada as a whole.
This month, the pharmacy chain in 23 states, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands will receive more than 480,000 doses per week. The states include New York, Arizona, Utah, West Virginia, and New Mexico.