WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health said it’s now providing meningitis B vaccines to people living in Santa Clara County, Calif., in response to confirmed cases of the disease on the Santa Clara University campus.
CVS said Wednesday that 10 CVS Pharmacy drug stores and seven MinuteClinic walk-in medical clinics have the meningitis B immunization available. The company is urging Santa Clara University students who haven’t been vaccinated to do so, as well as anyone who has had close contact with a person diagnosed with a meningococcal illness and faculty and staff who have conditions such as asplenia, a complement deficiency or sickle cell anemia.
The CVS stores and MinuteClinics offering the meningitis B vaccination are in Palo Alto, Menlo Park, San Jose, Santa Clara, Burbank, Mountain View, Sunnyvale, Campbell, Burlingame, Foster City and Cupertino, Calif. Pharmacists will be available to administer the vaccine Monday to Friday from 4 p.m. to 8pm and on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. No appointment is needed.
In addition, the CVS Pharmacy locations at 855 El Camino Real in Palo Alto and 325 Sharon Drive in Menlo Park are holding meningitis clinics from Feb. 10 to 16.
“Immunizations are an important part of preventive care and a critical way to prevent serious diseases like meningitis B,” Andrew Sussman, executive vice president and associate chief medical officer of CVS Health and president of MinuteClinic, said in a statement. “Our CVS pharmacists and MinuteClinic nurse practitioners are ready to provide meningitis vaccinations to people living in Santa Clara County now and can help ensure that patients stay up to date on vaccinations in the future.”
CVS added that all of its pharmacies in California can order doses of the meningitis B vaccine on request and have it available the next day.