News Release
 September 4, 2020
CONTACT: Kathy Sautter
716 635 5577

WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. – Now more than ever the importance of getting your annual flu shot to prevent the spread of this highly communicable illness is vital, but did you know that you can get your flu shot for a $0 copay or a nominal fee at your area Tops Friendly Markets? At Tops our Pharmacists’ number one priority is the health of our community so this year we are enhancing our safety procedures to encourage the community to get their vaccination.

While Tops safety protocols have already been increased significantly throughout the COVID pandemic, you’ll find that when you come for your flu shot our pharmacists and pharmacy staff will be wearing both a mask and a shield, gloves, and additional cleaning procedures are in place. Customers will be asked to have their temperature checked, and new health screening questions will be asked of you in addition to our standard vaccine form to ensure that you are able to receive the vaccination.

Getting your flu shots reduces your risk of getting the flu, keeps you out of your doctor’s office or hospital, and helps conserve potentially scarce healthcare resources. Some commonly asked questions surrounding flu shot include do I qualify for the shot or will it cure COVID. While the flu shot WILL NOT prevent COVID, a healthy body has an easier time fighting off a COVID-19 infection. A new study suggests that getting a flu shot may make COVID-19 less lethal. According to the CDC, different flu vaccines are approved for use in different groups of people. • There are flu shots approved for use in children as young as 6 months old and flu shots approved for use in adults 65 years and older. (Tops is administering to those 18 years of age and older) • Flu shots also are recommended and approved for use in pregnant women and people with certain chronic health conditions. So whether you’re getting vaccinated to make sure your loved ones are kept free from the flu, your coworkers, or simply to take better care of your own personal health-the safest and easiest way to fight the flu is to get your shot today!

So what are you waiting for? • Tops offers vaccinations at any Tops location that has a pharmacy • Flu shots are available during normal pharmacy hours • It's important to get your flu shot in September or October each year • Everyone needs a flu shot even if you're young and healthy, getting a flu shot helps to keep your whole community safe. • $0 copay for most insured patients, $39.99 for uninsured with Tops Bonus Plus Card As an employer Tops is also happy to arrange flu clinics at your place of business. By providing flu vaccinations to your associates you are not only decreasing your healthcare costs, but also absenteeism. Your employees will appreciate the convenience, but also the fact that they are reducing their risk of having to visit the doctor during flu season by 40-60%! To learn more or to sign up for your on-site company flu shot clinic, contact Jamie Keller, clinical pharmacy specialist for Tops at 716-698-2965 today!

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About Tops Friendly Markets Tops Markets, LLC is headquartered in Williamsville, NY and operates 157 full-service supermarkets with five additional franchise stores and is the largest private, for-profit employer in Western New York. As a leading grocery retailer in New York, northern Pennsylvania, and western Vermont, and with the support of 14,500 associates, our core mission is to help our communities flourish. We support programs that seek to eradicate hunger and disease; promote the education of our youth; and to ensure we reduce environmental waste and energy consumption while providing our customers with sustainably sourced, high quality products. For more information, visit


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