Expanding access to care with the COVID-19 Vaccine Equity Initiative
By Walgreens Nov 05, 2022 • 4 min
Walgreens believes that everyone should have equal access to quality healthcare. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we partnered with community leaders to bring the vaccine to underserved communities across the US. See how we successfully provided more than 40 million vaccines to help the patients who needed us most.
Speaker 1: This has been a devastating time, and to be able to do something to help means everything to me. Pharmacists are the people that help people. That's what we do.
Speaker 2: COVID-19 has been such an impactful disease all over the country, but particularly more so in communities of color and African-American communities.
Speaker 3: The pandemic knows no race, no boundaries, no ethnicities— it doesn't know whether you're documented or undocumented. It doesn't know whether you're republican or democrat, it doesn't know any of that stuff. All it does, it attacks the vulnerable at every point, at every instance. And this is why it's important for these folks here to get them vaccinated, because in our communities.
Speaker 4: People who are in the community, who don't see doctors on a daily basis, who don't know how to call and make an appointment for themselves, it's really important for us to be able to kind of bridge that gap and kind of give them the resources that they need and kind of be able to address that inequity.
Speaker 5: It's very difficult for some people to get out. Either they don't have the transportation or they don't have the physical capabilities of getting out to go to your local store down the street. So it's really important to have Walgreens be able to get out into the community and set up shop so people can get the vaccine that may not have ready access to it.
Speaker 6: We're excited to be in Detroit, Michigan today. The team here has been out engaging the community that came to the Eastern Market to do their regular shopping. Detroit is one of our cities that experiences an opportunity with health inequities and it means a lot to this team here to be able to bring the bus to Detroit.
Speaker 7: I am the bus driver of this beautiful coach that has been transformed by Walgreens, I'll be driving his coach coast-to-coast from D.C. all the way to Oregon, and my goal is to get there safely and to try and get as many people vaccinated as possible.
Speaker 8: My biggest barrier for getting the COVID vaccine was myself. I was a little hesitant. My family got it, I saw their reactions on everyone and once I felt comfortable with it, I decided to just go for it.
Speaker 9: I was really hoping today to try to get my first dose. I've been wanting to get it for a while now since it opened up for teens, and I was just really glad that this was just right here when I needed it.
Speaker 10: I had no idea that this was a bus that had travelled all the way across America and is going to continue on, and i'm excited to be a part of it.
Speaker 11: Walgreens, we appreciate you being here and supporting our communities, because that's how we get things done.