DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens announced Friday a unique cause program through social media platforms — Facebook and Foursquare — to let its customers help distribute more than $6 million in free flu shot vouchers to five national charities.
The drug store chain is working with the American Diabetes Association, AmeriCares, Feeding America, League of United Latin American Citizens and the National Urban League to provide up to 200,000 flu shot vouchers.
Vouchers are for distribution to uninsured and underinsured individuals, as well as those who are unable to afford a flu shot without the voucher.
There are two different ways people can participate. From now through Oct. 8, every time someone “checks in” at any Walgreens store nationwide through Facebook Places or Foursquare, Walgreens will donate one flu shot voucher to the pool of vouchers to be distributed to the participating organizations, up to 200,000.
Additionally, those who visit the Walgreens Facebook page beginning Sunday can cast their vote for which organization they would like to receive the largest number of flu shot vouchers, upon completion of the promotional period.
Each organization will receive an incremental allocation of flu shot vouchers, which will be determined by the total number of votes received. Distribution among organizations will be: top vote-getter, 30%; second place, 25%; third place, 20%; fourth place, 15%; and fifth place, 10%.
Walgreens has also provided an additional 20,000 vouchers for $10 flu shots as a base donation to each participating organization for distribution to qualified individuals.