Walnut Ridge pharmacy already seeing demand for COVID vaccine recently shipped

Walnut Ridge pharmacy already seeing demand for COVID vaccine recently shipped

WALNUT RIDGE, Ark. (KAIT) - As vaccines continue to roll out across the area, pharmacies are beginning to receive doses of the vaccine to help in the fight against COVID-19.

Owner Bryian Rogers at Rogers Pharmacy says one of the most common questions he receives from customers is about the COVID vaccine.

Now that he’s received the first batch of vaccines, he’s already getting calls from customers asking to be put on a waiting list to receive the shot.

Rogers Pharmacy received over 100 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine Monday, something Rogers says has been a long time coming. He says the first batch of vaccines will go to those on the frontlines as early as Friday.

“We’ve been making calls to different organizations like doctors’ offices, the dental offices,” Rogers said. “That will be the first group that gets the shot. We’ll start adding in teachers, we’ll start adding in people that are over 70 or maybe have poor health.”

Rogers says he hopes to get to that part of the list by February, with the public receiving the vaccine by the summer.

“We’re glad to start seeing [the vaccine] come in,” Rogers said. “I know there’s a lot of people that are really chomping at the bit or really interested in getting this out there and start to get people taken care of.”

Weeks after several hospitals started receiving the vaccine, Rogers says it’s a relief to receive the shots and help those in the community.

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