Two of the nation’s largest retail pharmacies are briefly closing their outlets over the weekend because the variety of COVID-19 infections amongst staff has elevated.
The 2 chains stated the speedy unfold of the Omicron variant has drained employees at a number of places throughout the nation, affecting customer support and delaying important companies like drug prescriptions and vaccinations.
Walgreens has practically 9,000 places in 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. CVS operates roughly 10,000 pharmacies nationwide.
A CVS spokesman reached by the Put up declined to say what number of shops have been closed and which places have been affected.
“The overwhelming majority of our shops are open throughout their regular weekend hours,” a CVS spokesman stated.
“A small variety of shops could also be briefly closed on one or each days of the weekend to deal with acute staffing points given the surge in Omicron variants and a nationwide labor scarcity.”
The corporate consultant added, “It is a fluid, evolving scenario and we’ve got no particular enterprise places to share.”
“Within the occasion a pharmacy is briefly closed, a affected person could go to any open CVS pharmacy for help with their rapid prescription wants.”
The Put up has additionally reached out to Walgreens for remark.
Walgreens, which operates round 9,000 places throughout the USA, additionally closed some shops over the weekend because the Omicron variant continues to unfold.Bloomberg through Getty Pictures
Walgreens and CVS shares made modest good points in buying and selling on Wall Road on Friday.
Even earlier than Omicron’s proliferation, the 2 chains have been slicing hours and elevating salaries to deal with staffing shortages, which have solely been exacerbated by report spikes within the variety of COVID-19 instances.
A resident of Akron, Ohio, advised The Wall Road Journal that his spouse was compelled to go 12 hours with out prescription ache medicine as a result of her native CVS pharmacy closed at brief discover.
A Walgreens spokesperson advised the Journal: “The continued labor scarcity coupled with the rise in Covid-19 instances has resulted in remoted cases the place we’ve got needed to alter hours or briefly shut a restricted variety of shops.”
Different massive retail chains are additionally struggling the results of Omicron’s proliferation.
Lululemon Athletica stated its trip enterprise has been hit resulting from staffing shortages attributable to the unfold of the variant.
Different retailers have been compelled to cut back their hours, together with Macy’s. Walmart closed 60 shops for 48 hours in December to disinfect shops.