In the coming months, CVS Health said it will add 15,000 more workers to prepare for the flu season and a possible increase in COVID-19 incidents.
American pharmacy chain CVS Health announced on Monday that it will boost its workforce in the coming months. Particularly, it looks to add 15,000 more jobs for both new and existing positions. CVS Health said it especially needs more staff as flu and coronavirus incidents could increase during the fall and winter seasons.
The company also said that over 10,000 of those new staff are for full-time and part-time licensed pharmacy technicians for its CVS Pharmacy locations. That is so they can also prepare in COVID-19 testing and processing prescriptions and medications. CVS said many of these roles are temporary but could eventually become permanent.
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Per CVS Health’s chief human resources officer, Lisa Bisaccia, “These jobs offer a rewarding career opportunity, with flexible hours, advancement potential, and a supportive environment while helping people on their path to better health.”
Roles that CVS wanted to fill also include nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and distribution center workers.
Additionally, those new hires can also staff efforts of distributing the COVID-19 vaccine, once available, should they be allowed to administer it. The Department of Health and Services previously announced that it could permit pharmacists to administer scheduled vaccinations for children at least three years old.
According to Forbes, CVS employs 300,000 staff in the US. It also operates 10,000 pharmacies. Throughout the pandemic, the company has been increasing its workforce. Especially that it has over 4,000 COVID-19 drive-thru testing sites at select CVS US drugstores.
CNBC reported that CVS had planned to add 50,000 more jobs across its operations in the US. That was way back in March. It included drivers and store associates, as demand for medications spiked when the pandemic happened. But they had added about 76,000 jobs.
Bisaccia noted that they typically need more team members every flu season. “However, we’re estimating a much greater need for trained pharmacy technicians this year given the continued presence of COVID-19 in our communities.