According to Axios, several major pharmacy chains are reducing their hours as they continue to deal with nationwide pharmacy staff shortages.
On weekdays, Walmart dispensaries will begin having to close at 7 p.m., two hours earlier than the prior closing time of 9 p.m. According to Axios, weekend hours will not change.
According to the Wall Street Journal, CVS intends to limit its hours during times when patient demand is low or when a store only has one pharmacist on staff.
“By adjusting hours in select stores this spring, we ensure that our pharmacy teams are available to serve patients when they are most needed,” CVS said in a statement to the Wall Street Journal.
Staff shortages have been an ongoing issue in all health care settings. According to the National Community Pharmacists Association, shortages in pharmacies have resulted in higher wages for employees as well as longer wait times for patients (NCPA).