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CVS to hire 15,000 workers to handle flu and COVID-19

UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 19, 2020

Pharmacist Evelyn Kim, wears a mask and gloves at the CVS pharmacy at Target in the Tenleytown area of Washington, Tuesday, March 17, 2020.   (Associated Press)
Pharmacist Evelyn Kim, wears a mask and gloves at the CVS pharmacy at Target in the Tenleytown area of Washington, Tuesday, March 17, 2020.  (Associated Press)
By Lisa Schencker Chicago Tribune

CVS Health plans to hire 15,000 workers nationwide to help handle the flu season and growing cases of COVID-19.

Positions will include pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, nurse practitioners, call center representatives and work-from-home customer service employees.

Nationally, about 10,000 jobs will be full-time and part-time licensed pharmacy technicians.

Many workers hired nationally will help with drive-thru COVID-19 testing and prepare to potentially administer COVID-19 vaccines.

“Additional team members typically are needed every flu season,” said Lisa Bisaccia, chief human resources officer, in a news release. “However, we’re estimating a much greater need for trained pharmacy technicians this year given the continued presence of COVID-19 in our communities.”

Hiring will begin immediately.

CVS Health reported net income of nearly $3 billion for the quarter that ended in June, up from $1.9 billion a year earlier.

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