Local pharmacies, doctor’s offices working to get own supplies of COVID-19 vaccine

Published: Jan. 5, 2021 at 11:29 PM CST
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - Eyewitness News on Tuesday (Jan. 5) spoke with a doctor’s office and a pharmacy in Wichita that report receiving several calls and questions daily from people in the community as to when the COVID-19 vaccine will be available at their facilities. The doctor’s office and the pharmacy said they don’t know when they’ll receive the vaccine, but they’re doing everything they can to get it, and they’re preparing for when and if they do.

“You have a great number of people looking forward to and wanting the vaccine, and that’s a huge benefit,” said Dr. Terry Klein with Family Medicine East.

Dr. Klein said the demand for the COVID-19 vaccine in Wichita is at an all-time high. He said his clinic filed with KDHE (Kansas Department of Health and Environment) to receive doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine and has the resources to store them.

“We have a (negative-70-degree) freezer and we have that ability. Most clinics don’t have that, so it’s limiting, but we have not received an answer to that, so we are not giving vaccines to patients,” Dr. Klein said.

He said if his clinic does receive doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, they are required to follow CDC guidelines as to who gets vaccinated first. Right now, he said, it’s just a waiting game.

“We have not heard anything yet concerning when or whether we are going to get it when we called and we’ve been calling every few days. We just get a bounce-back between KDHE and the county,” Dr. Klein said.

Eyewitness News also spoke with Professional Pharmacy which also said it does not have a date as to when it will receive the vaccine but is hopeful it could be as soon as mid-February. The pharmacy said it, too is required to follow CDC guidelines as to who received the vaccine first.

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