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Vaccinations

Walgreens immunization services provide a safe, easy path for your members and employees to get vaccinated. Through our years of immunization experience, 60,000+ trained immunizers and neighborhood connection, we’re dedicated to delivering high-quality care and a connected experience throughout the patient vaccination journey.

A lot has changed because of COVID-19. It has challenged daily life and disrupted business. Routine immunizations are even more important in a COVID-19 environment to help protect at-risk populations and reduce the overall burden of respiratory illnesses on the healthcare system.

Prioritize members' health and keep costs low by encouraging routine and other vaccinations to protect against preventable disease.

Walgreens offers immunization solutions that bring COVID-19 and flu shots on-site to your business and voucher programs for employees to use when getting their shot in-store. And with convenient night and weekend hours, your employees will have more options for finding an immunization plan that's right for them.

Discover how we're leading the way in immunizations by downloading Shots in arms: Leading the way to successful vaccination efforts. Gain insights into vaccination preparedness, collaborative relationships, distribution and access, handling and protocols and vaccine equity.

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Your Challenges

People avoiding vaccination

Only 50% of adults were vaccinated for the flu during the 2020-2021 season.1 Why?

1. They are misinformed. 2. They think they're too busy for a doctor's appointment. 3. They don't realize a flu shot is recommended.

Healthcare costs for influenza-related hospitalizations range from $5,500 to $12,800 per patient2, and workplace lost productivity related to influenza costs employers nearly $15 billion annually3.

How We Can Help

Vaccines reduce risk

Vaccines reduce risk

  • About 60% fewer workdays lost, and 68% less presenteeism4
  • Up to 60% lower flu risk5, 6
  • 12.4% flu-related hospitalizations prevented7
  • 5.29 million flu-related illnesses prevented7
  • 2.64 million flu-related medical visits prevented 7

Flexible administration model

Flexible administration model

  • Off-site clinics
  • In-store clinics
  • In-store appointment

Billing options

Billing options

  • Bill employee insurance (commercial, Medicare- and Medicaid)
  • Direct-bill

Convenient hours, no appointments needed

Convenient hours, no appointments needed

  • 31.5% flu vaccinations given during off-hours 8

Highly trained medical professionals with years of experience

Highly trained medical professionals with years of experience

  • Coordination with primary care providers and state registries
  • Every pharmacist in every store is licensed to vaccinate

Walgreens offers vaccinations for:

Adults

  • COVID-19 (coronavirus)
  • influenza (flu)
  • pneumococcal (pneumonia)
  • zoster (shingles)
  • tetanus/diphtheria (Td)
  • tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis (Tdap)

Adolescents

  • COVID-199
  • influenza (flu)
  • meningococcal (meningitis)
  • tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis (Tdap)
  • human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • measles/mumps/rubella (MMR)
  • varicella (chickenpox)

Travel

  • polio
  • Japanese encephalitis
  • rabies
  • yellow fever
  • typhoid fever (available at select Walgreens locations)
  • hepatitis A and B
  • hepatitis A/B combo
  • cholera

Cost savings

Cost savings

Of those adults vaccinated, almost 50 percent still receive the shot in a costly medical location.10 By helping make vaccinations easier and more affordable for members, you can help improve their overall health and help reduce your overall costs. According to a Walgreens cost-benefit model, there is substantial cost savings associated with being vaccinated at a pharmacy as compared to being vaccinated at a primary care provider's office.11

Chart showing 62% savings when getting one flu shot at Walgreens vs. getting one flu shot and visit at primary care provider

Digital approach

Digital approach

  • "Smart Recommendations" promote personalized care based on member history and CDC advice.
  • Easy-to-use mobile app with vaccination reminders and recommendations.
  • The Walgreens Flu Index, which provides state and market-specific information regarding flu activity.

Visit the Walgreens Flu Index ›

Vaccination Research

Influenza Vaccination Uptake among Diabetes Patients in Community Pharmacies

Community pharmacies provide additional access and convenience as well as immunization counseling in order to maximize essential care for diabetes patients. The study found that 86.2% of patients immunized in the study were vaccinated before peak flu season.

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Estimating the effect of a national pharmacy-led influenza vaccination voucher program on morbidity, mortality, and costs

This research demonstrates that free flu vaccinations for uninsured individuals has the potential to reduce flu-related morbidity, mortality, and costs.

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Vaccinations Administered During Off-Clinic Hours at a National Community Pharmacy: Implications for Increasing Patient Access and Convenience

With the low vaccination rates in the United States, community pharmacies are creating new opportunities for vaccination that expand access and convenience.

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Visit the Walgreens Center for Health & Wellbeing Research ›

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References

Your Challenges

1. Flu vaccination coverage, United States, 2020-21 influenza season. CDC Web site. Last reviewed October 7, 2021. https://www.cdc.gov/flu/fluvaxview/coverage-2021estimates.htm

2. Flu Season Costs Employers an Average of Nearly $15B Annually. Challenger, Gray & Christmas blog. February 6, 2021. https://www.challengergray.com/blog/2021-flu-report-should-employers-embrace-post-pandemic-mask-wearing/

3. Singh T, Taitel M, Loy D, Smith-Ray R. Estimating the effect of a national pharmacy-led influenza vaccination voucher program on morbidity, mortality, and costs. J Manag Care Spec Pharm. 2020 Jan;26(1):42–47. doi:10.18553/jmcp.2020.26.1.42

How We Can Help

4. Nichol, K. L., Heilly, S. J., Greenberg, M. E., & Ehlinger, E. (2009). Burden of influenza-like illness and effectiveness of influenza vaccination among working adults aged 50-64 years. Clinical Infectious Diseases, 48(3), 292-298.

5. Vaccine Effectiveness - How Well Does the Flu Vaccine Work? Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Website. https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/qa/vaccineeffect.htm. Updated August 31, 2016. Accessed October 26, 2016.

6. Osterholm MT, Kelley NS, Sommer A, Belongia EA. Efficacy and effectiveness of influenza vaccines: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Lancet Infect Dis. 2012;12(1):36-44.

7. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC). Estimated influenza illnesses and hospitalizations averted by vaccination - United States, 2014-15 influenza season. https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/disease/2016-17.htm. Updated 2017. Accessed January 2018.

8. Goad JA, Taitel MS, Fensterheim LE, Cannon AE. Vaccinations administered during off-clinic hours at a national community pharmacy: Implications for increasing patient access and convenience. Ann Fam Med. 2013;11(5):429-436.

9. Age restrictions apply

10. Influenza. National early-season flu vaccination coverage, United States, November 2017. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Web site. https://www.cdc.gov/flu/fluvaxview/nifs-estimates-nov2017.htm. Accessed April 3, 2018.

11. Duncan IG, Taitel MS, Zhang J, Kirkham HS. Planning influenza vaccination programs: A cost benefit model. Cost Eff Resour Alloc. 2012;10(1):10.