WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Pharmacy has set up a mobile pharmacy in Elkview, W.Va., to serve residents impacted by the severe flooding that devastated the area late last month.
Opened on Wednesday, the mobile pharmacy enables area residents to pick up their prescriptions, buy a variety of over-the-counter medicines and receive immunizations, such as Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis). CVS noted that the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Bureau for Public Health, recommends that residents make sure they are protected against tetanus, especially first responders and community members exposed to flood waters during the cleanup.
Located near the basketball court at Elkview Middle School, on Elk River Road, the mobile pharmacy is open Monday to Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and on Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and is fully staffed, CVS said.
The CVS Pharmacy store in Crossings Mall on Crossings Mall Road in Elkview has been inaccessible since June 23, when floodwaters destroyed a bridge that allowed residents to access the shopping center. CVS said the store is one of several area pharmacies that closed due to the flooding in the area. Other CVS Pharmacy stores in the area — including locations in Charleston, Dunbar and Montgomery — are open and can serve patients whose pharmacies were impacted by the flooding, the company said.
“CVS Pharmacy is committed to ensuring that West Virginia residents hit hard by the June flooding have continued access to critical pharmacy care services,” Scott Wasikowski, area vice president of CVS Pharmacy in West Virginia, said in a statement. “Whether they are dispensing medications or providing vaccinations, our Elkview pharmacy team is ready to help as the surrounding area begins to recover and rebuild.”
CVS added that it also has provided thousands of dollars of infant care, personal hygiene and over-the-counter products to Direct Relief. The items have been distributed to four area community health centers in and around Charleston, the drug chain said.