Pharmacies that opted into vaccine rollout preparing to give the shots

Updated: January 13, 2021 11:11 PM
Created: January 13, 2021 10:21 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Pharmacies were given the option to opt into the COVID-19 vaccine rollout and the ones that did are preparing to vaccinate a lot of people quickly.

But the problem remains that while 7 million New Yorkers are now eligible to get the shot, the state is only getting 300,000 doses per week, and appointments are booked for the next 14 weeks. 

Wednesday we took the issue to Mead Square Pharmacy in Victor. 

It's registered with the state and has made two orders totaling 600 doses. 

When New York starts getting more doses, pharmacies will play a vital role in getting them out to the public.

"I'll handle whatever they give me, or I'll certainly attempt to," owner Chris Casey said. "I close tonight at 6. If that means I'm open until 9, if it means I'm open on Saturday when I'm not normally, I'm going to do it. It's a short period of time. We've got to get the vaccine in people's arms."

Casey told News10NBC he's hoping to hear back from the state next week. 

He has at least three people ready to help give the vaccine. 

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores projects that pharmacies can meet the demand for 100 million vaccines in one month when the supply is available.

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