CVS Health is looking to grow its ranks as it prepares for a flu season that will coincide with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The retailer said Monday that it is planning to hire 15,000 associates — including 10,000 full- and part-time pharmacy technicians.
The company noted that the positions — which are temporary with the possibility of becoming permanent — are meant to help grow CVS Health’s support for patients and fellow pharmacy professionals.
CVS Health also is set to mark Pharmacy Technician Day on Oct. 20 by advocating for an expanded scope of practice for its pharmacy techs that would allow them to administer COVID-19 vaccinations under the supervision of a pharmacist certified to immunize.
“Additional team members typically are needed every flu season,” said Lisa Bisaccia, chief human resources officer at CVS Health. “However, we’re estimating a much greater need for trained pharmacy technicians this year given the continued presence of COVID-19 in our communities. These jobs offer a rewarding career opportunity, with flexible hours, advancement potential and a supportive environment while helping people on their path to better health.”
Duties carried out by CVS Health’s pharmacy technicians include processing prescriptions, dispensing medications, providing information to customers or health professionals and performing administrative tasks. Crucially, they play a key role in administering COVID-19 tests at the roughly 4,000 sites CVS Health has set up at its drive-thrus nationwide.
Other on-site roles that the company is looking to fill include pharmacists, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, member benefit case professionals and distribution center employees. The company also is hiring via CVS Caremark and CVS Specialty for thousands of work-from-home customer service representatives, with openings in Indianapolis, Ind.; Kansas City, Mo.; Knoxville, Tenn.; Mount Prospect, Ill.; Orlando, Fla.; Pittsburgh, Pa.; and San Antonio. Those roles start at 30 hours per week with a flexible schedule, and can be applied for online, where the company also offers virtual job tryouts.
“By leveraging CVS Health’s innovation and technology, we can help get more Americans back to work from the convenience of their own homes, where they can contribute to the company’s ongoing efforts to help solve the country’s health care challenges,” said Jeffrey Lackey, CVS Health vice president of talent acquisition.
The company noted that potential new associates can apply on its jobs website.