Safeway Secures 200,000 Additional Doses of Flu Vaccine to Meet High Demand

Jan 16, 2013, 14:19 ET from Safeway Inc.

PLEASANTON, Calif., Jan. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Safeway Inc. (NYSE: SWY) announced today it has shipped an additional 200,000 doses of flu vaccine to its pharmacies in the U.S. to be administered to customers on site.

"This additional quantity of flu vaccine will allow us to meet the needs of our customers to help them remain healthy this season," said Darren Singer, Senior Vice President of Pharmacy. "Our pharmacists administer the vaccine on a walk-in basis. The process is simple, convenient and affordable. We want all of our customers to have this protection."

According to the Centers for Disease Control, 47 states are reporting widespread flu activity with infection numbers making this the worst flu season in a decade. The vaccine remains the best protection against the flu.    

To encourage customers to receive a flu vaccine and promote health and wellness, Safeway is giving each customer who receives a flu vaccine at a Safeway Pharmacy a coupon for 10 percent off their next grocery purchase.

Vaccines are conveniently available at all Safeway Pharmacy locations during normal business hours, seven days a week, on a walk-in basis. No appointments are required and no prescription is necessary. For more information on stores offering the flu vaccine, customers can contact their local Safeway store.

About Safeway

Safeway Inc. is a Fortune 100 company and one of the largest food and drug retailers in North America, based on sales. The company operates 1,644 stores in the United States and western Canada and had annual sales of $43.6 billion in 2011. The company's common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol SWY. For more information, visit


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