Major drugstore chains in the United States announced on February 2 that consumers would soon be able to make an appointment to receive COVID-19 vaccines at their sites. This has led to an increase in early installations for applications of Walgreens, CVS, and Rite aid, who have partnered with the US government for vaccine distribution. In the first two weeks of February, apps collectively reached 856,000 installs by US consumers, a 47% increase from the previous two weeks, Sensor Tower analysis Store intelligence the data has been found.
CVS saw the strongest growth, with 68 percent to 300,000 installations between February 1 and February 14, compared to 179,000 between January 18 and January 31. Walgreens had the highest number of installs, growing from 42 percent from 345,000 to 491,000. Rite Aid’s facilities saw a slight increase of 8%, from 60,000 to 65,000, likely because the company did not announce the availability of vaccines at its physical sites until February 11.
Highest weekly installations since 2014
In the first two weeks of February, Walgreens, CVS and Rite Aid also recorded their highest weekly installs for at least the past five years. The apps collectively saw 484,000 installs from U.S. app stores during the period February 8-14, the highest number of downloads they’ve seen in a single week since January 2014, when Sensor estimates Tower for Google Play begin. The figure represents a growth of 30% from 372,000 the previous week.
The app cohort also saw a total of 78,000 downloads in the United States on February 9, the highest number of installs they have collectively seen in a single day since January 3, 2015, when they reached 86,000. .
Alongside national pharmacies such as Walgreens and CVS, the US government also works with large chains such as Walmart and Sam’s club to help with vaccine distribution and reportedly contacted Silicon Valley giants such as Amazon and Airbnb for additional support.
Public health officials continually seek solutions for an accelerated rollout of COVID-19 vaccines across the country, and just as consumer mobile devices have become portals to virtual workplaces and classrooms during the pandemic. ongoing, they could play an increasing role in connecting users. with local vaccine suppliers. Among the benefits for these companies will be an increased footprint for their mobile apps, but it remains to be seen whether consumers continue to use them for more than just scheduling appointments.
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