Omicron forces CVS, Walgreens to temporarily shutter stores

Omicron forces CVS, Walgreens to temporarily shutter stores

Two of the country’s largest retail pharmacies are temporarily closing stores on weekends due to an increase in the number of COVID-19 infections among staffers.

The two chains said that the rapid spread of the Omicron variant has depleted staffing at several locations nationwide, affecting customer service and delaying key services like medication prescriptions and vaccinations.

Walgreens boasts nearly 9,000 locations across 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands. CVS operates around 10,000 pharmacies throughout the country.

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Reached by the Post, a spokesperson for CVS declined to specify how many stores were closed and which locations were affected.

“The vast majority of our stores are open on their normal weekend hours,” a CVS spokesperson said.


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