Washington D.C. (PRWEB) November 24, 2015
Today, Walgreens and the United Nations Foundation announced a special expansion of the Get a Shot. Give a Shot® program, which will double donations of life-saving vaccines in support of #GivingTuesday. For every immunization, including flu shots, administered at a Walgreens pharmacy, Healthcare Clinic or Duane Reade pharmacy, the value of two life-saving vaccines will be donated to a child in a developing country through the UN Foundation’s Shot@Life campaign. This will apply to all immunizations administered at Walgreens beginning Black Friday, Nov. 27, through #GivingTuesday, Dec. 1.
“The expansion of the Get a Shot. Give a Shot® campaign for this giving weekend to essentially ‘get a shot, give 2 shots’ not only expands on Walgreens’ commitment to children around the globe, but affords consumers the opportunity to give back this holiday season,” said Devi Thomas, Director, UN Foundation’s Shot@Life campaign.
Black Friday, followed by Cyber Monday and then #GivingTuesday is widely recognized as a time for families, businesses and charities to come together to celebrate generosity and giving. With the expansion of the program in time for this weekend, Walgreens and the United Nations Foundation will expand awareness of the need for global immunizations, as well as help to provide children in developing countries with access to life-saving immunizations.
Walgreens has donated the value of more than 7 million life-saving vaccines to children in developing countries through the Get a Shot. Give a Shot® campaign, now in its third year, and its growing collaboration with the United Nations Foundation.
Worldwide vaccination efforts have led to significant reduction in childhood deaths globally, but still one in five children worldwide lack access to life-saving immunizations. For more information about global immunizations visit http://www.shotatlife.org and for more information about the Get a Shot. Give a Shot® program visit https://www.walgreens.com/pharmacy/immunization/shot_at_life.jsp
Shot@Life, a campaign of the United Nations Foundation, educates, connects and empowers Americans to help protect children in developing countries from vaccine-preventable diseases. By joining this movement, you can help save a child’s life every 20 seconds by learning about, advocating for and donating vaccines to children who need them most. Go to ShotAtLife.org to learn more.
About the United Nations Foundation
The United Nations Foundation, a public charity, was created in 1998 with entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner’s historic $1 billion gift to support UN causes and activities. The UN Foundation builds and implements public/private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and works to broaden support for the UN through advocacy and public outreach. Through campaigns and partnerships, the organization connects people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems. The campaigns reduce child mortality, empower women and girls, create a new energy future, secure peace and human rights, and promote technology innovation to improve health outcomes. These solutions are helping the UN advance the eight global targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). For more information, visit http://www.unfoundation.org.
Walgreens (http://www.walgreens.com), the nation's largest drugstore chain, is included in the Retail Pharmacy USA Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA), the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. More than 8 million customers interact with Walgreens each day in communities across America, using the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice. Walgreens operates 8,173 drugstores with a presence in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Walgreens digital business includes Walgreens.com, drugstore.com, Beauty.com, SkinStore.com and VisionDirect.com. Walgreens also manages more than 400 Healthcare Clinic and provider practice locations around the country.