Third year of program enables Walgreens customers to help protect
millions of children in developing countries from polio and measles
DEERFIELD, Ill.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Over the last two years, Walgreens has helped to provide 7 million
life-saving vaccines to children in developing countries through the Get
a Shot. Give a Shot® campaign, and its growing collaboration with
the United Nations Foundation. Today, Get a Shot. Give a Shot kicks
off its third and most comprehensive campaign, with Walgreens pledging
to help provide a life-saving vaccine for every immunization
administered at a Walgreens pharmacy, Healthcare Clinic or Duane Reade
pharmacy between now and Aug. 31, 20161.
Donations will be made through the UN Foundation’s Shot@Life campaign, a
movement to protect children worldwide by providing life-saving vaccines
where they are most needed through the UN and other partners.
“Get a Shot. Give a Shot demonstrates the important role our
customers can play, and how a flu shot or other immunization can truly
make a world of difference,” said Alex Gourlay, Walgreens president.
“We’re extremely proud of the global impact the program has made. And as
we expand our relationship with the UN Foundation, our objective is to
also increase our donation over last season to help provide more
life-saving vaccines to children who need them most.”
Statistics show 1 in 5 children worldwide lack access to life-saving
immunizations, and a child dies every 20 seconds from a
vaccine-preventable disease2. Coordinated worldwide
vaccination efforts have made significant progress, particularly
reducing cases of measles and polio.
“Vaccines protect and improve the lives of millions of children in
developing countries each year,” said Kathy Calvin, president and chief
executive officer of the UN Foundation. “The prevention of measles
deaths has been the single largest contributor to reducing childhood
deaths over the last decade and we are now so close to ending polio. By
expanding our partnership with Walgreens, we can support UN efforts to
help children access these life-saving vaccines around the globe.”
#giveashot Social Campaign
Customers and patients getting their flu shot at any of Walgreens points
of care are being encouraged to share the moment through their social
networks to help spread the word about the Get a Shot. Give a Shot
campaign. People are asked to take and share “selfies” displaying their
red bandage, using the hashtag #giveashot through Facebook,
Twitter and Instagram. On Fridays through mid-November, Walgreens will
select the best images to appear in a share-back video, which will be
posted via the company’s social channels on Twitter and Facebook.
For more information on Get a Shot. Give a Shot visit www.walgreens.com/getashot.
Walgreens locations in most states offer a wide range of 17
CDC-recommended vaccines, including those to protect against shingles,
pneumonia, pertussis (whooping cough), meningitis, hepatitis and other
diseases, although vaccine regulations vary by state. Vaccinations are
available during all pharmacy and clinic hours, including nights,
overnights at 24-hour pharmacy locations, weekends and holidays*, with
no appointment necessary.
Age restrictions vary by state at Walgreens pharmacies, while Healthcare
Clinics can provide immunizations for patients age 2 and older.
The UN Foundation’s Shot@Life campaign partners with many organizations
and corporations to broaden American support for childhood immunizations
in developing countries against diseases like pneumonia, diarrhea,
measles and polio. Together, these partners are working with Shot@Life
to benefit UNICEF, the World Health Organization and other implementing
partners to save lives and improve the health of millions of children
around the world through life-saving vaccines.
About United Nations Foundation
The United Nations Foundation builds public-private partnerships to
address the world’s most pressing problems, and broadens support for the
United Nations through advocacy and public outreach. Through innovative
campaigns and initiatives, the Foundation connects people, ideas, and
resources to help the UN solve global problems. The Foundation was
created in 1998 as a U.S. public charity by entrepreneur and
philanthropist Ted Turner and now is supported by global corporations,
foundations, governments, and individuals. For more information, visit www.unfoundation.org.
the nation’s largest drugstore chain, constitutes the Retail Pharmacy
USA Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA), the first
global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. More than 8
million customers interact with Walgreens each day in communities across
America, using the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer
goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and
wellness services and advice. Walgreens operates 8,232 drugstores with a
presence in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the
U.S. Virgin Islands. Walgreens digital business includes Walgreens.com,
drugstore.com, Beauty.com, SkinStore.com and VisionDirect.com. Walgreens
also manages more than 400 Healthcare Clinic and provider practice
locations around the country.
* While immunizing health professional is on duty. Subject to
availability. State, age and health-related restrictions apply. See
pharmacy for details.
1 From July 1, 2015 to Aug. 31, 2016 for every immunization
administered, Walgreens will donate $0.18 to the United Nations
Foundation, up to a maximum donation of $2,000,000.
2 UN Foundation Shot@Life
Jim Cohn, (847) 315-2950
Andrea Sok, (202) 864-5140