Walmart kicks off Wellness Day for flu shots, updated COVID-19 boosters

Walmart is inviting communities to get healthy ahead of peak flu season at Walmart Wellness Day on Saturday, Oct.

8 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., where customers can receive affordable immunizations like flu, pneumonia, shingles, HPV and more at pharmacies nationwide. COVID-19 bivalent boosters also will be available with no out-of-pocket costs to patients. As children return to school this fall and adults resume normal activities, immune systems may be exposed to germs and viruses they haven't battled since the pandemic, Walmart said.

Walmart Wellness Day encourages families to stay updated on immunizations, connect with local pharmacists and take advantage of free wellness resources. [Read more: Pharmacy Innovator of the Year: Walmart connects with communities[1]] More than 4,600 Walmart pharmacies across the country will host Walmart Wellness Day events, featuring the following health resources, administered by qualified pharmacy teams:

  • Affordable immunizations, including flu, pneumonia, shingles, HPV, measles, mumps, whooping cough (TDAP), Hep A & B and more;
  • No out-of-pocket cost to patient COVID-19 bivalent boosters;
  • Wellness resources and the opportunity to talk with pharmacists; and
  • Demos, giveaways and product sampling (in select stores).

"As we move into the fall and winter seasons, we want to do our part in helping families remain protected through immunizations," said Kevin Host, Walmart's senior vice president of pharmacy. "Wellness Day is such an impactful event because it allows customers an opportunity to check in on health priorities, meet our incredible pharmacists and engage in conversations around wellness.

Along with our pharmacies, we also deliver care through Walmart Health Virtual Care and Walmart Health Centers, which highlights our commitment to improving access to quality, affordable health care." [Read more: Walmart enhances user experience on app, website[2]] Since 2014, Walmart pharmacies have hosted Walmart Wellness Days, administering more than 5 million health screenings for customers.

More than 4,000 Walmart stores are in medically underserved areas, which means Walmart is often the first stop for health care in these rural and underserved communities. 

References

  1. ^ Pharmacy Innovator of the Year: Walmart connects with communities (drugstorenews.com)
  2. ^ Walmart enhances user experience on app, website (drugstorenews.com)