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CVS, Walgreens temporarily close some stores amid omicron-related staffing shortages Only a small fraction of CVS, Walgreens stores are affected

Major U.S. pharmacies are being forced to adjust store hours to combat staffing shortages caused by the recent surge in coronavirus cases around the nation.

CVS said a "small number" of stores around the country will temporarily close on one or both days of the weekend amid the "workforce shortage affecting nearly every industry and company."

The company didn't specify the number of stores impacted or where they are located. However, CVS noted that it "remains a fluid situation on a case-by-case basis based on staffing availability." The "vast majority" of its stores are still operating under normal weekend hours, the company told FOX Business.

Rival Walgreens found itself in the same boat.

The surge in cases, driven by the omicron variant, has forced the company to adjust operating hours or temporarily close a limited number of stores.

However, the Illinois-based company told FOX Business that the vast majority of its stores are still operating under normal hours.

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"This latest COVID-19 surge is placing a significant strain on several industries in the short-term and driving demand for services and products unlike anything seen before," the company said in a statement. "We’re going through this with our communities and remain committed to providing the support needed to get past this surge."

When deciding what days to close, Walgreens said it picks days when there is the lowest prescription demand. The company also works to ensure that there...

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