Watertown pharmacy welcomes more people eligible for COVID shots

WWNY Watertown pharmacy welcomes more people eligible for COVID shots

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - A small Watertown pharmacy has hit the ground running as New York opens up the COVID vaccine to more people. Pharmacies statewide are also able to give a shot to a group they couldn’t before.

Tuesday’s COVID-19 vaccine clinic at Bolton’s Pharmacy in Watertown looks similar to one from January.

But pharmacist Colleen Signor says the people taking the jab now are different.

“Most of them will be within the 50 year old age range,” she said.

That’s the new minimum age set by the governor Monday.

Mark DeRosia says he got an appointment for the first dose as quick as he could.

“I’m halfway there. So, we’ll wait and see what happens with this one,” he said.

Signor says early in the vaccine rollout, Bolton’s had a wait list around 1,500 people long. But it appears supply has caught up. The wait list is gone and the pharmacy is seeking arms to give shots.

“We’re actively looking for patients to take care of,” she said.

With more doses trickling down from the state, pharmacies are now permitted to vaccinate people with comorbidities.

For Signor, it’s a wonderful feeling having the opportunity to protect others.

“We’re so excited to take care of our community and get our community out and about and get our lives back to what is the new normal,” she said.

And if the state wanted to open the COVID vaccine up to everyone, Signor would welcome it.

“I’m ready. Let’s get everybody vaccinated,” she said.

Signor says folks eligilbe for a shot can give the pharmacy a call or sign up online.

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