CVS announced Monday that it will discontinue sales of the flu shot in the United States starting Nov. 1.
The company will replace it with a brand-new flu shot that will cost $200 less.
The flu shot is expected to save consumers millions of dollars, but the vaccine’s effectiveness has been questioned.
CVS will also stop offering flu shots to people in California, Arizona, Texas, New York, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Florida and Washington, D.C. The announcement comes as the United Kingdom is experiencing its first pandemic.
The country is still reeling from the coronavirus, which infected more than 5 million people and killed at least 16,000.
In addition to a rise in the flu, the virus has also led to a spike in the number of people infected with pneumonia, a condition in which a person coughs up a blood clot.
On top of the cost of the vaccine, the new flu shot will also likely be a bit pricier than other options available to consumers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In an email, CVS said it will also provide “a flu shot discount of up to $10” during the pandemic, but that it expects to continue to offer the same discount for another two months.
As a result, people should expect to pay between $1,800 and $4,500 more for the flu vaccine.
That price will rise to $7,000 when the pandemics new vaccines are released in 2018 and 2019, according the CDC.
Citing a survey conducted by the pharmaceutical giant in January, the CDC said that the average cost of a flu shot between 2014 and 2018 was $84.35, with prices climbing from $60 to $90.
The CDC has said the cost for the 2018 pandemic flu shot was more than double that.