LUBBOCK, Texas — With health experts anticipating a severe flu season on top of a winter surge in COVID, pharmacy teams across The United Family are gearing up with plenty of vaccines for communities.
In Texas and New Mexico, pharmacy teams at United Supermarkets, Market Street, Albertsons Market and Amigos are now equipped to administer flu vaccines along with the newly updated booster vaccines — which target the Ba.4 and Ba.5 Omicron subvariants, as well as the original virus.
“The updated COVID-19 boosters are formulated to better protect against the most recently circulating COVID-variant,” said Tim Purser, director of pharmacy for The United Family. “With the prediction of a bad flu season, we made sure we are stocked up and ready to serve guests across all of our communities.”
Along with the CDC, United Family pharmacists recommend that adults receive both the flu and bivalent COVID booster, which can be safely co-administered in one visit. Pharmacies will be offering extra hours as well as walk-in appointments to help accommodate guests’ needs.
As has been the case, all COVID-19 vaccines and boosters will be available to eligible guests at no cost. The seasonal flu shot is typically free through most insurance providers, but has an out-of-pocket cost for those without insurance. In addition to the flu and COVID-19 vaccines, guests will have access to vaccines for Shingles, Tetanus, Pneumonia, HPC, Meningitis, Hep A, Hep B and more.
Pharmacists will only require a guest’s I.D. card and insurance card at the time of the shot. Guests can either walk-in, call to make an appointment or use the newly updated online scheduler to make an appointment at the location of their choosing. This scheduler can be used for all vaccines offered through the pharmacy.
As an added incentive, United Family locations will offer customers 10% off their grocery purchase up to $100 for every vaccine received. Guests will also get access to a free digital vaccine record.
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In its 106th year of operation, United Supermarkets, LLC – d.b.a. The United Family ® – is a Texas-based grocery chain with stores in 54 communities in Texas and New Mexico. A self-distributing company with headquarters and distribution centers in Lubbock, The United Family currently operates 96 stores under five unique banners: United Supermarkets, Market Street, Amigos, Albertsons Market and United Express, along with ancillary operations R.C. Taylor Distributing, USM Manufacturing, United Food and Beverage Services and Llano Logistics. The company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Albertsons Companies, Inc For more information, please visit www.theunitedfamily.com.