WOONSOCKET, R.I. (CBS) — CVS will be requiring some employees to get the COVID vaccine. The Rhode Island-based pharmacy chain announced that all corporate employees and patient-facing workers like nurses must be fully vaccinated by Oct. 31.
Pharmacists working in the company’s retail stores have until Nov. 30.READ MORE: Climate Protesters Removed After Tying Themselves To Boat Outside Gov. Charlie Baker's House In Swampscott
The company says other roles could be included in the mandate at a later time.READ MORE: 'Significant' Water Main Break In Concord Affecting Residents Across Town
“While the vast majority of our employees have chosen to be vaccinated, this decision is in direct response to the dramatic rise in cases among the unvaccinated,” CEO Karen Lynch said.MORE NEWS: Pfizer Submits Data On COVID-19 Vaccine For Kids 5-11 To FDA For Review
CVS said it has given out more than 30 million COVID vaccines to Americans and “is fully prepared to play a leading role in providing booster shots.”