CVS Health will add 15,000 employees, including more than 10,000 for new pharmacy technician roles, as the retailer plans for an uptick in COVID-19 and flu incidences during the colder months. The move also will prepare the company for rapid administration of a COVID-19 vaccine, should one emerge.
Pharmacy locations will be filled as soon as possible. The retailer is designating Oct. 20 as Pharmacy Technician Day by advocating for an expanded scope of practice that would allow trained pharmacy technicians to administer COVID-19 vaccinations, under the supervision of an immunization-certified pharmacist.
“Additional team members typically are needed every flu season,” said Lisa Bisaccia, Chief Human Resources Officer at CVS Health in a statement. “However, we’re estimating a much greater need for trained pharmacy technicians this year given the continued presence of COVID-19 in our communities. These jobs offer a rewarding career opportunity, with flexible hours, advancement potential and a supportive environment, while helping people on their path to better health.”
CVS also will hire pharmacists, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, member benefit case professionals and distribution center employees, as well as several thousand work-from-home customer service representatives.
The hiring push comes on top of the 50,000 frontline employees brought on earlier in 2020, as the retailer prepared to roll out additional staffing for COVID testing sites and busy stores. The new pharmacy technicians will help CVS administer even more tests.