In preparation for a possible increase in coronavirus and flu cases, CVS Health (CVS) is hiring 15,000 employees, with 10,000 of the new roles earmarked for pharmacy technicians.

CVS said the need for more workers comes amid the fall and winter months when it expects COVID-19 and flu cases to rise. The addition of the pharmacy technician jobs is also in response to the anticipated delivery of a coronavirus vaccine in the U.S. No vaccine has been approved to date.

The new positions offered by CVS include 10,000 full and part-time jobs for licensed pharmacy technicians at CVS Pharmacies that need to be filled as soon as possible, the company said. Many of the positions are temporary, with the possibility of becoming permanent.

In this position, CVS is advocating for pharmacy technicians to administer COVID-19 vaccinations under the supervision of an immunization-certified pharmacist. They will also need to process prescriptions, dispense medications, provide information to customers and health professionals, and perform other administrative tasks. Hired pharmacy technicians will also administer COVID-19 tests at the more than 4,000 drive-thru testing locations that CVS offers. 

CVS is also hiring pharmacists, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, member benefit case professionals, and distribution center employees, as well as several thousand work-from-home customer service representatives. Hundreds of positions are available in Indianapolis, Kansas City, Missouri; Knoxville, Tennessee; Mt. Prospect, Illinois; Orlando; Pittsburgh; and San Antonio, Texas. All job applicants can apply online.

“Additional team members typically are needed every flu season,” Lisa Bisaccia, chief human resources officer at CVS Health, said in a statement released Monday. “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.”

The U.S. has reported more than 8.1 million cases of the coronavirus to date, according to Johns Hopkins University.

Shares of CVS were trading at $59.89 as of 10:58 a.m. EDT on Monday, up 30 cents of 0.50%.

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