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At the Prescription Center in Rockland County, the check-in table is unattended and the vaccination chair is vacant, all because the box of vaccine is empty.
Pharmacist Gary Langstein said he asked state for 1,000 doses and received, “About a hundred doses last week, and it went right out the door as fast as it came in.”
Langstein said another 200 came this week, far too few to fill demand from eligible customers over age 65.
“We have enough people on our waiting list to keep us booked for probably two more months,” Langstein said.
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Interestingly, the state’s website currently does not even offer local pharmacies as an option, listing only the large state sites. Most have no appointments available.
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Some believe local pharmacies should play a key vaccination role.
“More is better than less. A big one will only create large lines. You have to have it in the local areas where people can get there,” Rockland County resident Sally Marvin said.
The Prescription Center and other pharmacies are eligible for a second program with direct shipments from the Centers for Disease Control, but, “It’s really a guessing game as to where it’s gonna come from, how much, and when,” Langstein said.
Across the board, vaccine demand is outstripping supply, with no clear answers when things will improve.
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