DEMAND FOR FLU VACCINES ACCELERATES
9 April 2020: Since 24 March, Clicks has seen an increased demand for flu vaccinations, administering over four times more vaccinations than the same period last year. With vulnerable groups such as the elderly, immuno-compromised, pregnant women and children being prioritised, the demand has been driven as customers make every effort to boost their immune systems and protect themselves from the flu.
According to Clicks Chief Store Operations Officer Sedick Arendse, the retail pharmacy chain has increased their coverage and been able to meet the demand by training an additional 200 pharmacists to administer vaccines and providing dedicated nurses at high-traffic stores. “We are really proud of our Clinic and Pharmacy teams and thank them for working long hours to ensure our customers get the essential healthcare they need during these uncertain times,” Arendse says.
He said that flu vaccine stock is still available at 400 stores nationwide.
The flu season typically occurs in South Africa between May and September each year. Annual vaccination is recommended by the World Health Organisation to optimise immunity against circulating influenza strains.
To book an appointment for a flu vaccination, call 0860 254 257 or visit www.clicks.co.za/fighttheflu.
As an essential services retailer, Clicks stores and Pharmacies will be trading over the Easter weekend.