Local pharmacies begin vaccinations

Wellness Rx Pharmacy CEO Ed Ullman (right) pictured with a vaccine recipient. Contributed photo

Local pharmacies have started vaccinating residents about one month after the Twin Counties received their first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

The pharmacies are authorized to administer the vaccine to residents over 65. All vaccinations require appointments.

Kelly’s Pharmacy in Greenville has administered 110 vaccines and is expecting another shipment this week, owner Quinn Kelly said Tuesday.

The vaccines were administered from 7-8:30 a.m. on Fridays, before the store opened, Kelly said.

“We had a triage table for intake, two nurses in here giving vaccines and I had 15 chairs spaced 5 or 6 feet apart for people to sit in after they got the vaccine for 15 minutes. We gave them bottles of water and sent them on their way,” Kelly said.

Once the pharmacy receives more vaccines, different hours, such as Sunday evenings after the pharmacy closes at 3 p.m., will be considered, Kelly said. Kelly is hopeful the pharmacy’s Coxsackie location will also receive vaccines.

To register for a vaccine, visit https://kellyspharmacyinc.com/covid-19-vaccine?fbclid=IwAR3hy46B-NYk73ksVQIjXNivVh_nKrXBL4HBXp-j_mynjL-1aFYprYrxV2c

Wellness Rx Pharmacy in Tannersville has administered 120 vaccines and has a waiting list of more than 700 people, Development Manager Greg Madden said.

“We are awaiting our next allotment of 100 [vaccines], which we had hoped to receive yesterday or today,” Madden said.

The pharmacy has been fielding hundreds of phone calls per day and is prioritizing residents over the age of 75, Madden said.

Wellness RX is located inside an old Victorian house, Madden said.

“We have a relaxing living room and comfortable chairs, which we use as a waiting area afterwards in case anyone has symptoms after [receiving the vaccine],” he said.

Water and hand sanitizer is available in the waiting area, Madden said.

The pharmacy also established a private area to administer vaccines, which will likely be repurposed as a consultation area in the future, Madden said.

“Our staff did a really nice job at converting one of the areas,” he said. “It’s private and walled off. It’s temporary, but it has served very well.”

Hannaford in Cairo is one of four stores to receive the vaccine. Other store locations include Central Avenue in Albany, Delaware Plaza in Delmar and Gansevoort Road in South Glens Falls.

To schedule an appointment visit https://www.hannaford.com/pharmacy/covid-19-vaccine

Price Chopper is offering vaccines at three locations on Eastern Parkway in Schenectady, Park Avenue in Clifton Park and New Loudon Road in Latham.

For more information visit https://www.pricechopper.com/covidvaccine/

Walmart has not started offering vaccinations in New York yet. No appointments were available at any CVS locations in New York on Tuesday. Walgreens listed eligibility requirements on its website but not store locations.

Greene County Public Health has vaccinated about 1,900 residents and will start administering second doses Thursday.

Columbia County will receive 100 doses of the vaccine this week for grocery store workers, Department of Health Director Jack Mabb said.

“We’re going to do a closed POD (point of distribution) rather than open up the link and have this crazy haphazard thing happen,” Mabb said. “We’re going to target grocery store clerks. They have a lot of exposure, an awful lot of exposure. Some of them are not young. So we’re contacting Hannaford, ShopRite, Walmart, Aldi, here in the county to get a line list of people. We want to target the clerks that are up front that have the most exposure and we’re looking at Thursday night from 4-6 p.m. at the college."

Columbia County is also receiving another 100 doses to use at homes for the developmentally disabled, Mabb said.

“We’re pretty much done with Coarc,” he said. “Coarc was one of our firsts. Staff and residents of developmentally disabled homes are 1As so we have to get special permission from the state to do it. They gave us 100 to do it. We have already done the Mental Health Association and Coarc. There’s a couple more agencies here in the county that we’ve had contact with that we’re probably going to go right to their facility and do the vaccination with these 100 there.”

Mabb also said the county has not been given an allotment of vaccines dedicated for people 65 and older this week.

“My assumption is since we got an allotment of 400 doses for seniors the week before and 100 last week, but we didn’t get any this week, is that the pharmacies are up and running, but I haven’t gotten any confirmation on that,” Mabb said. “I know ShopRite was handing out the vaccine, that’s the only one that I’ve actually heard had vaccine last week. We haven’t got any kind of information on what’s out there.”

ShopRite’s website has instructions for residents 65 and older to fill out an eligibility form, but no New York locations were listed as participants on Tuesday.

Residents who are eligible for the vaccine can also make an appointment at the state vaccination site at SUNY Albany.

To see if you are eligible for the vaccine, visit https://am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov

To register for an appointment, visit https://forms.ny.gov/s3/vaccine or call the state’s vaccination hotline at 1-833-697-4829.

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