Walgreens helps provide vaccines in collaboration with United Nations Foundation

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Walgreens is located at 3564 Ridge Road in Lansing, Illinois. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)

“Get a Shot. Give a Shot.” campaign to provide 50 million more vaccines over next 5 years

information provided by Walgreens

DEERFIELD, Ill. (November 23, 2019) – Walgreens and the United Nations Foundation’s [email protected] campaign announced that the Walgreens Get a Shot. Give a Shot. program has helped provide 50 million lifesaving vaccines to children around the world since its inception in 2013. Walgreens hopes to provide 50 million additional vaccines by 2023.

Through the Get a Shot. Give a Shot. program, currently in its seventh year, for every immunization administered at Walgreens, the company donates the value of a vaccine to the UN Foundation. During the 2019–2020 period, Walgreens will donate up to $2.6 million.

“At Walgreens we are immensely proud of our long-standing collaboration with the UN Foundation, providing vaccines to remote areas of the world where vulnerable populations have limited access to health care,” said Alex Gourlay, president of Walgreens and co-chief operating officer of parent company Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA). “By being a part of this coordinated worldwide vaccination effort we have helped make significant progress in reducing cases of measles and polio. This is one of the many ways that we are meeting our commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.”

One in five children around the world still lacks access to the vaccines that help keep children in the US healthy. In fact, one child dies every 20 seconds from a disease that could be prevented with a vaccine.

Funds from Get a Shot. Give a Shot. are donated to [email protected] to help support measles and polio vaccination efforts. Through the partnership, [email protected] has provided vaccines to children in Afghanistan, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, East Timor, and Tanzania.

The current Get a Shot. Give a Shot. program lasts through Jan. 31, 2020.

The UN Foundation’s [email protected] campaign educates, connects, and empowers individuals to champion global vaccines as one of the most effective ways to save the lives of children around the world. The campaign rallies members of the public, members of Congress, businesses, and civil society partners to support and invest in the global childhood immunization programs of UNICEF, World Health Organization, and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. Through public education, grassroots advocacy, and fundraising, [email protected] strives to avert the 1.5 million annual vaccine-preventable child deaths.

Walgreens also announced a commitment to provide $5 million in free flu vaccinations by 2023 to help protect uninsured and underinsured people in the US and Puerto Rico from influenza. This is a continuation of an existing nine-year program to partner with communities to provide free flu vaccinations. As of August 31, 2019, Walgreens customers have redeemed more than 1.6 million flu vouchers over nine years.

Walgreens has two locations in Lansing, Illinois:

  • 3564 Ridge Road
  • 18133 Torrence Avenue
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