The pharmacy chain Rite Aid is offering flu shot coverage for all of its employees and their families, with an additional two-week deferral for employees who work at two different pharmacies, the chain announced Tuesday.
Rite Aid’s policy extends to all Rite Aid pharmacies in the United States, including those in California, Illinois, Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia, the company said in a blog post.
The company is the first to offer flu shot enrollment coverage for employees of all Rite Aider locations.
This includes all Rite-Aid stores in the U.S., including all stores in California and Illinois, and the largest chain in the state of California.
Rita, a 29-year-old former sales representative who works in marketing at a Rite Aid store in West Palm Beach, Fla., has been receiving her flu shot since July 17.
Her flu shot has cost her $350.
Ritabie, a 33-year old woman who works at a pharmacy in Atlanta, is eligible for the additional deferral.
Her flu shot was initially scheduled for Oct. 7, but the pharmacy has since extended her coverage until the end of November.
Rice-A-Roni, a franchisee in Philadelphia, also offers flu shot eligibility to its employees.
The move is part of a nationwide flu shot campaign announced in January.
The U.K.’s Department of Health said that more than 1 million people in the country have received flu shots since then.