Local CVS & Walgreens Pharmacies Tighten Open Hours Amid Staffing Shortage

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Come this spring, many Massachusetts residents will have a shorter window to pick up prescriptions after two chains announced they would be cutting down pharmacy operating hours because of staffing shortages.

CVS and Walgreens pharmacies are closing earlier at locations nationwide, a move that many residents in the Commonwealth say would interrupt their routine.

"I think I gasped, there are no others especially since this one has a drive-up window," said one resident named Rita.

Walgreens is limiting its weekday hours to 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., previously the chain stayed open until 9 p.m. Meantime CVS pharmacies are making similar movies with two thirds of their stores across the country shortening its hours.

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According to WBZ-TV, Walmart pharmacies will also be trimming their open hour, closing two hours earlier on the weekdays at 7 p.m., though the company announced previously that they would be raising worker wages.

Officials for the companies say another reason for the shorter time frame is prioritization of the most common times customers are picking up prescriptions.

WBZ's Jim MacKay (@JimMacKayOnAir) reports.

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