CVS Caremark donating $6M in free flu shots to Direct Relief USA for uninsured patients

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Caremark has partnered with Direct Relief USA to offer up to $6 million in free flu shots to community clinic and health center patients who are uninsured, the company announced on Tuesday.

More than 400 participating clinics and health centers across the country will identify uninsured individuals from their existing patient populations and provide them with a free flu shot voucher, which is redeemable at more than 7,200 CVS/pharmacy locations and the nearly 600 MinuteClinics inside select CVS/pharmacy stores.

Flu shots are being provided by CVS pharmacists and MinuteClinic nurse practitioners and physician assistants every day, including evenings and weekends, with no appointment necessary. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that everyone ages 6 months and older get a flu shot, including those who were vaccinated last season.

Over the past three years, CVS Caremark has committed to providing up to $14 million in free flu shots to patients in need.

"Our goal this flu season is to make CVS/pharmacy and MinuteClinic the most convenient place to get a flu shot, which includes making sure that cost is not a barrier to this important preventive healthcare service," CVS Caremark president and CEO Larry Merlo said. "That is why we are working with Direct Relief USA, a dedicated healthcare organization whose extensive network of clinics and health centers will help us provide free flu shots to those who lack health insurance."

Direct Relief USA is a nonprofit organization that works with 1,100 clinics and health centers in all 50 states, providing them with free medications and supplies for their low-income and uninsured patients.

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