Walgreens and Rite Aid are temporarily closing some stores and pharmacies on the weekends. The latest surge in Covid-19 causes staff shortages. Walgreens: This surge in the Omicron variant is placing a significant strain on its business in the short-term.

CVS says lion's share of its stores are operating on their normal weekend hours. But a tiny fraction of stores are temporarily closed on one or both days of the weekend to help address acute staffing issues. Some pharmacy services are directed to the nearest open Walgreens.

The adjusted operating hours in these stores are temporary, he says. Pharmacies closing because of staffing pressures is happening across the country. "It's a problem across the whole healthcare system, not just in pharmacy," an official says. "We're dealing with this constantly now, because of the increased demand for testing," he adds.
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