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CVS to hire 25,000 employees amid flu season, COVID-19 booster administration

PUBLISHED ON 2021-09-21 02:42:00 EST Shubhangi

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CVS Health Corp said on Monday it will hire 25,000 employees for clinical and retail jobs ahead of the flu season and administration of booster COVID-19 vaccine shots in U.S.

Most of the available jobs were for full-time, part-time, and temporary licensed pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and nurses, the company said. CVS is also looking for people for its retail stores.

As the country struggles with workers shortages due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CVS recently raised minimum hourly wages for its staff to attract employees.

CVS, which is currently offering COVID-19 tests and vaccines, said on Monday said the hiring campaign on September 24 would help it to administer the shots.

The Biden administration had planned on making booster shots available widely this week, but U.S. Food and Drug Administration last week rejected the broader approval. FDA, instead, recommended the use for the age of 65 and above and those at risk of severe illness.

Last year in March, CVS said it would hire 50,000 employees due to the coronavirus pandemic. More 15,000 people were hired by the company in the fourth quarter of 2020.

CVS has administered more than 34 million COVID-19 vaccines and over 32 million tests until now.

(With inputs from Reuters)

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