CVS Health is prepared to meet patients’ vaccination and other preventive health care needs as flu season approaches. CVS Pharmacy and MinuteClinic are offering the annual flu vaccine at locations nationwide. CVS Pharmacy is also offering the new respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) vaccine, which has been approved for adults ages 60 and up. In addition, CVS Pharmacy and MinuteClinic are preparing to offer a new CDC-recommended COVID-19 vaccine once approved and available. To help patients plan ahead, appointments can be scheduled in advance using the digital scheduler at CVS.com or in the CVS Pharmacy app. MinuteClinic is offering the flu vaccinations and routine wellness visits with appointments available at MinuteClinic.com.
“Receiving vaccinations for common illnesses like flu and RSV is a cornerstone of preventive care, and helps patients protect not only themselves, but also the health of their broader community,” said Sree Chaguturu, executive vice president and chief medical officer, CVS Health.
According to a survey of U.S. consumers commissioned by CVS Health timing, convenience and scheduling were cited as important factors when choosing when and where to get a flu vaccine. Other findings include:
- 75% of people who plan to receive their flu shot, plan to do so before November
- Seniors are the demographic most likely to get vaccinated (74%); but 2/3 of those over age 18 expect to get a shot
- 42% of patients are likely to visit a retail pharmacy for their flu shot, followed by a doctor’s office (33%)
- 78% of patients said convenient hours that work with their schedule was an important factor when choosing a pharmacy for their flu shot
- Of those planning to get a flu shot, 62% plan to schedule their appointment online, up 43% over the last two years
Digital scheduling at CVS.com and in the CVS Pharmacy app offers the flexibility to schedule multiple patients at once, allowing families, caregivers, and other groups to get vaccinated together. Patients can also schedule multiple vaccinations in one appointment, such as flu and RSV, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
According to the CDC, patients should get their flu vaccination early in the fall, before flu season begins, and ideally no later than the end of October. CVS Pharmacy and MinuteClinic offer multiple flu vaccine options, including the adjuvanted and higher dose vaccine which is recommended by the CDC for seniors. COVID-19 vaccinations are available at no cost for all patients, and flu vaccines are available at no cost with most insurance plans, including Medicare Part B.