‘Access’ to the COVID vaccine

HIXSON, Tennessee – It’s been one year since the World Health Organization classified the coronavirus disease as a pandemic.

Medical experts have been trying to tackle this disease.

“Starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. CDC is starting to ease some of the guidelines so we’re getting there. We just got to keep vaccinating people and keep ongoing,” said Pharmacist Jacob Standefer with Access Family Pharmacy.

In the past two days between off-site clinics and store visits Access Family Pharmacy has been able to administer over 600 doses.

“We’re here to serve our community, in order to do that, we needed the vaccines. We finally got them,” said Standefer.

This has been a tough challenge for the pharmacy due to limited vaccine supply but, as more has come in, the pharmacy has been able to ramp up the number of vaccinations.

“We’ve got over 20 vaccinators on staff daily, so it’s nothing for us to vaccinate over 150 people a day,” said Standefer.

One vaccine recipient appointment at another company was running over two hours behind so he was happy other options were available.

“We just had some people that have been unable to get vaccinated at the health department or other stores and we’ve been able to get them taken care of,” said Standefer.

Vaccinations aren’t the only thing being done, COVID has impacted many parts of the medical field.

“Whether it be giving vaccines or infusions and giving treatments, or setting up COVID positive patients on oxygen therapy at home, we’re just trying to do everything we can to help our community,” said Standefer.

And the antibody treatment has been another focus for care.

“The state called me and asked if we would be interested in storing this for other facilities to use and it turned into us opening our own infusion clinic.”

In the fight against COVID, the eventual goal for Access Family Pharmacy is to have enough supply that an appointment isn’t needed.

For right now appointments are still needed and you can go online or call 423-877-3568 to make a vaccine appointment.

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