CINCINNATI – Kroger announced that it is now offering COVID-19 boosters in local pharmacies and The Little Clinic locations in Greater Cincinnati, Dayton and Northern Kentucky.
What you need to know
- Kroger will schedule a “vaccination power hour” for the first business hour from Monday to Friday, which will be devoted to the issue of vaccines and booster vaccinations
- Kroger and the CDC recommend getting vaccinated against the flu before the end of October
- Kroger Health will also host a hiring event to fill 1,500 jobs nationwide
The chain said it has a “vaccination power hour” every morning Monday through Friday during the first business hour to provide vaccines only, be it for COVID-19, the flu, or other.
“As the flu season is fast approaching, it’s important to remind our people of the importance of getting your flu shot and your COVID-19 vaccine if it’s not already vaccinated to protect against serious illnesses” said Ryan Davis, Kroger Health and Wellness division president. “Getting both vaccines is the best way to protect yourself and your fellow human beings from COVID-19 and the flu this fall and winter.”
Eligible populations for the refresher include adults aged 65 and over, people between 50 and 64 years old with medical conditions, long-term carers aged 18 years or older, and also people aged 18 to 49 with pre-existing conditions, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Booster recipients must also have received the second dose of Pfizer BioNTech vaccine six months prior.
The CDC also urges people 6 months and older to get a flu vaccine by the end of October. Kroger also noted these details for the flu vaccine:
- The flu vaccination has important benefits such as reducing illness, visits to the doctor, and helping to avoid absenteeism from work or school. It can also prevent flu-related hospitalizations and deaths.
- Different flu vaccines are approved for different groups of people.
- There are flu shots that are approved for use in children aged 6 months and over and influenza shots that are approved for use in adults aged 65 and over.
- Flu vaccinations are also recommended for pregnant women and people with certain chronic health conditions.
Kroger Health also announced a virtual hiring event on October 6th to fill 1,500 associate positions. It will be from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and there are pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, patient care technicians and nurses working across the country.
Interested applicants can register for the event on the careers page of The Kroger Family of Companies.