COLUMBUS – Walmart is inviting customers to take control of their health at Walmart Wellness Day, a free event on Saturday during which they can get health screenings and wellness resources at pharmacies statewide, as well as immunizations in one easy location.
The goal of Walmart Wellness Day is to help customers get back on track with preventive health measures they may have missed over the past year, especially as many families prepare for in-person work and school this fall.
“At least 41 percent of Americans delayed care during the pandemic, according to the CDC, and that can lead to negative health impacts in the future. We want to make it simple for our customers to prioritize their health and catch up on preventive care by offering convenient health resources where they’re already shopping for groceries and back-to-school items,” said Dr. Cheryl Pegus, executive vice president, Walmart Health & Wellness. “We are especially focused on reaching customers in underserved communities who may have limited options for health care in their community, outside our pharmacies. This is a day for the entire family, and we’ll be offering screenings and services for all ages.”
More than 4,700 Walmart pharmacies nationwide will host Walmart Wellness Day events from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. local time on July 24. Walmart Wellness Day events will feature the following health resources:
• Free health screenings, including glucose, cholesterol, blood pressure, body mass index and vision screenings (select locations)
• Educational health resources and consultations
• Affordable immunizations, including measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), varicella (chicken pox), HPV, tetanus, whooping cough (TDAP) and more
• No-cost COVID-19 vaccines
Reports of new COVID-19 cases continue to drop in areas of the country where the majority of the population is fully vaccinated. Unfortunately, in states where vaccination rates are lower, data shows a rise in cases and hospitalizations. Experts also are seeing variants of the virus starting to emerge, including the Delta variant, which appears to be more contagious.
The good news is the CDC reports the three authorized COVID-19 vaccines offer protection against the current virus variants for those who are fully vaccinated. For those who receive their vaccination at Walmart and Sam’s Club, they can now get a free digital version of their vaccination record. Individuals can print, save on a device or share with third-party apps if they choose.
Walmart pharmacies have hosted Walmart Wellness Days since 2014 and administered more than 4.75 million free health screenings for customers during that time. Quarterly wellness events shifted to a virtual format during the COVID-19 pandemic and are back in person for the first time since January 2020. To find a free event, visit Walmart.com/wellnesshub.
Walmart Wellness Day is one of many events conducted by Walmart across the country as part of its Mobile Wellness program, which launched in March to expand the company’s health and wellness efforts in communities. As part of these events and in addition to the vaccine clinic, the Mobile Wellness program will generate education and awareness of Walmart’s wellness services, in tandem with the program sponsor products from Clorox, Kleenex, and GSK.