BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart is hosting wellness days at about 4,700 of its stores on Saturday. The retailer said the free events will offer customers access to screenings, immunizations and health information. The goal is to help people get back on track with preventive health measures they may have missed over the past year, especially as many families prepare for in-person work and school this fall.
“At least 41% of Americans delayed care during the pandemic, according to the CDC, and that can lead to negative health impacts in the future,” said Dr. Cheryl Pegus, executive vice president, Walmart Health & Wellness. “We want to make it simple for our customers to prioritize their health and catch up on preventive care by offering convenient health resources where they’re already shopping for groceries and back-to-school items. We are especially focused on reaching customers in underserved communities who may have limited options for health care in their community, outside our pharmacies. This is a day for the entire family, and we’ll be offering screenings and services for all ages.”
More than 4,700 Walmart pharmacies nationwide will host Walmart Wellness Day events from 10 AM – 2 PM local time on July 24. Select stores will also feature mobile wellness units to make it even easier for customers to access the resources they need. Walmart Wellness Day events will include:
- Free health screenings, including glucose, cholesterol, blood pressure, body mass index and vision screenings (select locations)
- Educational health resources and consultations with our trusted pharmacy team
- Affordable immunizations, including measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), varicella (chicken pox), HPV, tetanus, whooping cough (TDAP) and more
- No-cost COVID-19 vaccines
Reports of new COVID-19 cases continue to drop in areas of the country where the majority of the population is fully vaccinated, the retailer points out, but cases and hospitalizing are rising in places where vaccination rates are lower. Experts are also seeing variants of the virus starting to emerge, including the Delta variant, which appears to be more contagious. The good news is the CDC reports the three authorized COVID-19 vaccines offer protection against the current virus variants for those who are fully vaccinated. Walmart says that people who receive their vaccination at a Walmart and Sam’s Club can now get a free digital version of their vaccination record. Individuals can print, save on a device or share with third-party apps if they choose.
Walmart pharmacies have been hosting Walmart Wellness Days since 2014 and have administered more than 4.75 million free health screenings for customers during that time.
The quarterly wellness events shifted to a virtual format during the COVID-19 pandemic, and will now be switching back to in-person events for the first time since January 2020. Consumers can find local options by visiting Walmart.com/wellnesshub.
Walmart Wellness Day is one of many events conducted by Walmart across the country as part of its Mobile Wellness program, which launched in March to expand the company’s Health and Wellness efforts in communities. As part of these events and in addition to the vaccine clinic, the Mobile Wellness program will generate education and awareness of Walmart’s wellness services, in tandem with the program sponsor products from Clorox, Kleenex and GSK.View Original Article