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09/09/2021

Walgreens mobile clinic brings vaccines to HBCUs

Walgreens has been focusing its vaccine equity initiative on addressing vaccine hesitancy and removing barriers to immunization access in rural and medically underserved communities.
David Salazar
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Several upcoming stops for the Walgreens mobile clinic bus tour will bring COVID-19 and flu vaccines to events tied to various historically Black colleges and universities.

The traveling clinic, launched in May, will stop at more than a dozen locations, both on and off of campuses, including several football games, to offer immunizations to students, alumni and community members. 

“Walgreens is excited to bring our mobile clinic to HBCU events, as colleges resume campus life and other school activities,” said Carlos Cubia, senior vice president and chief global diversity, equity and inclusion officer for Walgreens Boots Alliance. “The present surge of the delta variant emphasizes the need to be protected, and our mobile clinic makes getting vaccinated easy, which helps us safely resume activities like attending Classic football games.”

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Walgreens has been focusing its vaccine equity initiative on addressing vaccine hesitancy and removing barriers to immunization access in rural and medically underserved communities. With an emphasis on areas tracked by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s social vulnerability index, Walgreens has hosted roughly 1,300 off-site COVID-19 vaccination clinics in partnership with community organizations and national partners. 

So far, the mobile clinic has stopped at Morris College in Sumter, S.C., and two football games in Montgomery, Ala. — Miles College at Alabama State University and Tuskegee University at Fort Valley State University. This week, it is set to stop at LeMoyne-Owen College in Memphis before making other planned stops throughout September. 

The company said tour stops and walk-up clinic times would be promoted in local markets. In June, Walgreens shared a video following the mobile clinic on one of its stops. 
 

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