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Washington, D.C. (September 1, 2020) — For the eighth consecutive year, Walgreens is teaming up with the United Nations Foundation’s Shot@Life campaign for the Get a Shot. Give a Shot.® program to provide lifesaving vaccines to children around the world. Starting Sept. 1 through Dec. 31, 2020, for every flu shot or other vaccination administered, Walgreens will make a donation to the UN Foundation up to $2.6 million.
Around the world, one in five children lacks access to lifesaving vaccines. Funds donated through Get a Shot. Give a Shot.® go toward UN organizations working to improve the health of millions of children around the world, such as the World Health Organization and UNICEF. Since the inception of the campaign, Walgreens has helped provide 50 million measles and polio vaccines to children in countries such as Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Pakistan, and Venezuela. The company has set a goal of helping to provide 100 million lifesaving vaccines to children in need by 2024.
“The UN Foundation is proud to once again partner with Walgreens on the Get a Shot. Give a Shot. program,” said Elizabeth Cousens, President and CEO of the United Nations Foundation. “Flu shots are even more critical this year with the pandemic interrupting routine immunizations for millions of children around the world and threatening decades of progress against vaccine-preventable diseases. This program is a true win for everyone – by protecting your own health, you will help give other children a shot at a happy and healthy life.”
Amidst the expectation that the upcoming flu season will coincide with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the World Health Organization urges everyone over six months of age to get a seasonal flu shot—the most effective way to prevent infection by influenza viruses—to help protect themselves and their communities from vaccine-preventable illnesses. Investing in proven interventions like vaccines also helps to strengthen health systems around the world – which is critical because as this pandemic has shown, a threat anywhere is a threat everywhere.
“Our company purpose is to help people live healthier and happier lives,” said Alain Turenne, Walgreens vice president of Corporate Social Responsibility. “Each time a customer receives a shot at Walgreens, we donate a vaccine of similar value to a person in need. We could not impact millions of children without the support of our customers around the U.S. who make these achievements possible.”
Shot@Life is a grassroots advocacy campaign of the United Nations Foundation that champions global childhood immunization as one of the most effective ways to save the lives of children around the world. We rally members of the public, members of Congress, businesses, and civil society partners — through public education and grassroots advocacy— to support and invest in the global childhood immunization programs. Learn more at www.ShotAtLife.org.
The UN Foundation brings together ideas, people, and resources to help the United Nations drive global progress and tackle urgent problems. Our hallmark is to collaborate for lasting change and innovate to address humanity’s greatest challenges. Learn more at www.unfoundation.org.
Walgreens (walgreens.com), one of the nation’s largest drugstore chains, is included in the Retail Pharmacy USA Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA), a global leader in retail and wholesale pharmacy. Walgreens is proud to be a neighborhood health, beauty and retail destination supporting communities across the country, and was named to FORTUNE* magazine’s 2019 Companies that Change the World list. Approximately 8 million customers interact with Walgreens in stores and online each day. As of August 31, 2019, Walgreens operates 9,277 drugstores with a presence in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, along with its omnichannel business, Walgreens.com. Walgreens also provides specialty pharmacy and mail services and offers in-store clinics and other health care services throughout the United States, most of which are operated by our health care strategic partners.
Communications Officer, Shot@Life
United Nations Foundation
Walgreens Media Relations