With so much uncertainty surrounding the upcoming flu season, many people are looking for ways to protect themselves. Wegmans Food Markets Inc. would suggest one of the simplest ways to do that is receiving the flu vaccine. Wegmans Pharmacies, ranked “Highest in Customer Satisfaction” by J.D. Power three years in a row, are taking extra steps to safely and easily administer flu shots this season.
“This year, getting a flu shot is more important than ever and we’ve secured an ample supply for our customers,” said Stacy Cairns, Wegmans pharmacist and pharmacy clinical and wellness services coordinator. “According to the CDC, flu vaccines have been shown to reduce the risk of flu illness, hospitalization and death. Receiving a flu vaccine this fall not only reduces your risk of getting the flu but also helps to conserve potentially scarce health care resources.”
Goal: Making it Safe and Easy
A Wegmans press release said, “The safety of our customers and employees has always been one of our top priorities, but it is especially important now. We’ve enhanced our sanitation of high-contact touchpoints throughout our stores and increased the frequency of our everyday sanitation practices. When administering flu shots, our pharmacists will wear additional protective gear and have minimized the amount of necessary paperwork to streamline the process and reduce touchpoints. Customers can stop by during normal business hours to receive their shot. There is no need for a prescription and, in most cases, the fee is covered in full by insurance. Wegmans Pharmacies are also offering special times for seniors to receive their flu shots; schedules by store can be viewed here.
Community Flu Clinics
Several Wegmans locations will be offering flu clinics, including drive-thru options, this fall. Pharmacy teams have also partnered with some local county offices to offer community flu shot events. People will have the opportunity to get their flu shot in an easily accessible, secure location or, in some cases, from the safety of their car. A list of community clinics scheduled at Wegmans stores and throughout the community can be viewed here.
The CDC recommends everyone 6 months of age and older get a flu shot every year. All Wegmans Pharmacy locations now offer flu vaccines for children, adults and seniors. Minimum age requirements for the pediatric flu immunization vary by state; contact a local Wegmans Pharmacy to learn more.
Niagara Falls Store
The Wegmans on Military Road in Niagara Falls will have flu shots available for customers at any time, without appointment. That store will just not be hosting a drive through clinic.
Wegmans Pharmacy Business Partnership Program
The Wegmans Pharmacy Business Partnership Program offers onsite flu clinics for employers interested in giving employees a quick and easy way to protect themselves from the flu, without leaving the office. Wegmans strives to make it easy for employers to host an on-site flu clinic with online scheduling for employees, and the ability to bill individual plan sponsors or billing direct to employers. The employer on-site flu clinics are offered in all Wegmans market areas. For more information or to schedule an on-site flu clinic, visit the Wegmans Pharmacy Business Partnership Program page on www.Wegmans.com.
All Wegmans pharmacists are certified to administer immunizations through the American Pharmacists Associations’ pharmacy-based immunization delivery program. Wegmans pharmacy employees can also assist customers who need help determining their insurance policy’s coverage.