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CVS adding 15,000 employees ahead of flu season, coronavirus vaccine rollout

CVS Health announced Monday that the company would hire thousands of workers to fill positions ahead of an anticipated rise in coronavirus and seasonal flu cases this fall and the rollout of a COVID-19 vaccine.

The company said in a statement that the hirings would take place across the fourth quarter of 2020. Many of the positions are temporary with the potential of being extended to full employment.

“Additional team members typically are needed every flu season,” said Lisa Bisaccia, the company’s top HR official. “However, we’re estimating a much greater need for trained pharmacy technicians this year given the continued presence of COVID-19 in our communities.”

“These jobs offer a rewarding career opportunity, with flexible hours, advancement potential and a supportive environment while helping people on their path to better health,” Bisaccia added.

CVS executives added in the news release that the company was advocating for regulations to be amended to allow for pharmacy technicians to administer vaccines under the supervision of a certified pharmacist, a move CVS argued would “help fill the urgent need to safely and quickly scale distribution of a vaccine and extend the capacity of the health care workforce to address the pandemic.”

“By leveraging CVS Health’s innovation and technology, we can help get more Americans back to work from the convenience of their own homes, where they can contribute to the company’s ongoing efforts to help solve the country’s health care challenges,” said Jeffrey Lackey, CVS’s vice president of talent acquisition.

More than 8 million Americans have been infected with coronavirus since the pandemic began. The White House launched Operation Warp Speed, a program aimed at providing funding and cutting red tape for companies working to develop vaccines and treatments for COVID-19, earlier this year but it remains unclear if a workable vaccine will finish development this year.

Pfizer, a leading company at work developing a COVID-19 vaccine, said in recent days that it would not seek emergency authorization for its vaccine before the election, a possibility that President TrumpDonald John TrumpPolice say man dangling off Trump Tower Chicago demanding to speak with Trump Fauci says he was ‘absolutely not’ surprised Trump got coronavirus after Rose Garden event Biden: Trump ‘continues to lie to us’ about coronavirus MORE has raised in recent months.

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Costco employees save dentist who collapsed in Mason store

MASON, Ohio — Dr. Rick Silverman was enjoying a September afternoon off with his wife browsing the electronics department at the Mason Costco store, when tragedy suddenly struck.

“We were walking down the aisle, something caught my eye and then my eyes went dark,” he said.

Silverman, a 55-year-old husband, father and oral surgeon, collapsed in the middle of the store in full cardiac arrest.

Thankfully there were two Costco employees close by who jumped into action so Silverman’s story could be rewritten from one of tragedy to one of survival.

JT Shlotman, who works Costco security, and optometrist Rhonda Baria are two of three Mason Costco employees who are training in CPR. They’re always scheduled to work during the same shift, so when they realized Silverman was in trouble, they grabbed a nearby defibrillator and got to work. Baria had already started chest compressions when Shlotman arrived.

“I noticed her kind of tire a little bit,” Shlotman said. “Someone brought me the AED, got it all set up. Rhonda put the pads on.”

In that moment, Baria said she was determined to do everything she could to save Silverman.

“Just having his wife right there with me the whole time, and I thought I’m not gonna see this go wrong,” Baria said.

Silverman’s wife said she was grateful for the Costco employees, who acted as a polished, well-oiled machine to save her husband’s life.

Silverman now has a machine implanted in his heart that acts like the tiny version of a defibrillator to keep it going. He said medics told him it was the employees’ quick thinking and the use of the AED that ultimately saved his life.

“If they didn’t react with the timing they did and know to use it immediately, I might not be here. I would not be here.” he said. “I feel like I met my guardian angels.”

Silverman and his wife reunited with the employees inside the Costco warehouse and exchanged thank you gifts and socially-distant foot-bumps instead of hugs because of COVID-19.

Silverman joked about Baria being the “one that was on top of him” during the life-saving moments in the store. But joking aside, it’s clear that everyone involved has been changed by what happened, including the employees that stepped in to help.

“I’ve met a few of his patients, his brother.” Shlotman said. “It’s emotional, you don’t really think about it at the time.”

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