Western New York pharmacies begin receiving COVID-19 vaccine doses

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Topps only received low doses and will not accept appointments until the rest are present. Wigmans has dates that start on Friday.

BUFFALO, NY – People who qualify for the COVID-19 vaccine will soon be able to start taking it at their local pharmacies, where they have started getting doses.

“We are starting to see the vaccine coming into our stores at this time, but we are not setting any dates at this time until all vaccines are fully available,” said Cathy Suter, Director of Public Relations and Media at TOPS.

She says all 35 locations in western New York have a pharmacy in them and will soon administer the vaccine.

Part of the wait, she says, is also because the supplies and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) don’t come in the same delivery as Moderna doses.

“We are at the mercy of the state in terms of the customization that is given to us and the speed with which we can take it. As I mentioned, we are slowly starting to introduce vaccines in our store, but this is also coming in a separate shipment of supplies to distribute the vaccine so that everything is in a chain effect,” said Suter . “We can’t get any supplies or injections into people’s arms any faster if you will, and faster than we can get those vaccines.

She says she thanks the community for their patience.

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced this week that anyone 65 years of age or older is eligible to receive the vaccine as part of Phase 1B of the distribution.

It also includes teachers, first responders, and transport workers.

At Wegmans, a store spokesperson told me store pharmacies are receiving their first doses this week, with appointments starting Friday.

It includes only two locations in western New York: the site on Alberta Road in Amherst and the other on Sheridan Road in Williamsville.

At Wegmans, you must schedule an appointment in advance.

The same goes for Tops, once they start accepting appointments.

2 On Your Side also contacted Walgreens about whether they have the vaccine yet but have not received an immediate response.

When Daniel Church of Team 2 On Your Side checked its website, it also didn’t see the COVID-19 vaccine listed along with all of the other vaccines they offer.

A CVS spokesperson says select counties in New York state will introduce the vaccine on Friday, but have not specified which ones.

When you contacted 2 On Your Side with the state health department about how many doses were going to pharmacies in Erie and Niagara counties, no information was provided other than the state that receives 300,000 doses per week and allocates them based on population.

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