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02/11/2022

CVS Health to give pharmacists dedicated lunch break

Beginning Feb. 28, several CVS Pharmacy locations will close for lunch in order to give their pharmacists an uninterrupted break.
Sandra Levy
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It's no secret that pharmacists have been tasked with additional duties amid the lingering pandemic. 

CVS Health is aiming to ease their workload during the day with a new initiative set to begin very soon. 

[Read more: CVS Health declares 2021 the 'Year of the Pharmacist' in health trends report]

The company recently announced that it is rolling out a lunch break across its pharmacies that will enable pharmacists to have an uninterrupted break.

“We want to make sure our pharmacists and pharmacy technicians are at their best, which means supporting their schedules accordingly. While we’ve always had a meal break policy, we’ve begun rolling out a pre-scheduled, uninterrupted lunch break across our pharmacies,” a CVS spokesperson said. “This break gives our pharmacy teams a predictable and consistent daily pause while minimizing disruption to our patients. Starting Feb. 28, most of our pharmacies will be closed for a lunch break from 1:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. local time. We’re proactively notifying customers and appreciate their support and understanding.”

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The news about lunch closures comes a year after the chain announced it is closing 900 stores — about 10% of its locations — over the next three years. 

Both CVS and Walgreens temporarily closed some stores in January due to staff shortages during the surge in omicron. During the surge, some CVS locations were temporarily closed one or both days of the weekend, according to a TCplam.com report. 

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