Local pharmacy assists in administering COVID-19 vaccines

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Posted at 9:00 PM, Feb 02, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-03 07:26:05-05

GREENBRIER, Tenn (WTVF) — At the Greenbrier Pharmacy in Robertson County, you can get a prescription filled, cold medicine, a cold drink and even the COVID-19 vaccine.

Staff started administering the Moderna vaccine last Friday when the first shipment arrived just one day before.

The pharmacy was asked by the state months ago if it wanted to help in the fight against the coronavirus. Pharmacist Misty Williamson says there was no hesitation.

"Before Christmas, they actually contacted a lot of us providers asked if we wanted to be on board as a COVID-19 provider once the vaccine was available," said Williamson. "We of course jumped on board said 'yes, we want to be able to help out;' so we signed up with all of the paperwork, got the appropriate freezers, got everything, got all of our ducks in a row."

Williamson says thanks to some state changes, pharmacy technicians can now administer vaccines. It provided so much needed help for the small business.

Staff said they were ready to roll up their sleeves and get to work.

"It feels good to actually be able to help those patients feel like they're going to be protected from some of this and give them some semblance of a normal life," said Williamson.

For the past three days of giving out shots, Greenbriar Pharmacy has been busy -- she thinks they've done anywhere from 50 to 60 shots, so far.

"Our phones, our internet, our social media, everything has blown up. They actually blew up our phones twice yesterday."

Williamson says they're administering vaccines Monday through Friday for midday appointments.

They're already booked for some days leading into next week for hospital workers, health care workers, first responders and those who are ages 70 and up.

"We're trying to do between 20 and 30 a day, we have to do them in groups of 10," Williamson.

Williamson says if you call and no one answers, please keep trying and they will work to get you an appointment. Greenbrier has been administering vaccines since 2009 with the H1N1 vaccine.