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CVS And Walmart Pharmacies Are Changing Their Hours. Here’s What We Know.

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If you’ve tried to go to the pharmacy lately, you’ve undoubtedly had to wait.

And if you’ve tried to call the pharmacy for anything, forget about it. You are going to be on hold — sometimes upwards of 30 minutes.

It’s so incredibly frustrating, but the labor shortage has definitely hit the pharmacy sector.

Not only are we still trying to fill everybody’s heart medicine and blood pressure medicine and, and all those antibiotics, we’re also now trying to fill prescriptions for COVID. So multiply our workload times a million.

Amanda Poole, Pharmacist via WGRZ

It has gotten so bad that CVS and Walmart pharmacies have made a big announcement concerning this lack of employees.

It’s about to get even a little harder to pick up your prescriptions.

Both of these big chain pharmacies have announced plans to scale back hours starting in March.

Now, this change isn’t going to affect all pharmacy locations, but it’s going to happen at a lot of them.

According to WGRZ, about 9,000 CVS pharmacies will be cutting back their hours come March — so odds are, it’s going to affect a store near you.

As for Walmart, about 4,600 of their locations will start closing at 7pm. They have traditionally closed at 9pm, so we are losing 2 hours off the back end.

If you think about it, this is good for the employees at these pharmacy locations, but it sucks for the person trying to fill their prescriptions.

We are going to have to take time off work in the middle of the day to go get our meds filled.

That’s ridiculous. If most people work 9 to 5s, then realistically you don’t get home until 6 o’clock//you’re not going to have enough time to get to any pharmacy after work.

Mikaela Pacheco to WGRZ

It’s frustrating, but it’s coming whether we like it or not.

Starting in March, make sure you call your pharmacy to see what time they close before you head out to pick up prescriptions.

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