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Local pharmacies offering the Pfizer booster shot, residents weigh in on why they want them

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WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Hundreds of thousands of Americans received a COVID-19 booster shot last weekend after the federal government authorized it for certain populations.

And it’s not just national pharmacy retailers and major hospitals giving those shots. Neighborhood pharmacies are joining in on the effort, too. Eyewitness News visited one today which is helping bolster the number of those who qualify for the third Pfizer dose.

To say Harrold’s Pharmacy has been an especially busy place lately is an understatement.

“Ever since the announcement about the Pfizer booster, we have been slammed. Phones are going crazy, people are coming in. It’s been great,” owner Bruce Lefkowitz said.

Great because people like 82-year-old Nirode Das, MD can get a third dose of the Pfizer COVID vaccine.

“It’s important. I’m a physician and I know what’s going on. And it will enhance your immunity,” Das said.

That’s the conclusion the FDA reached and to which the CDC agreed. Those 65 and older or any adult-aged patient with underlying health conditions can get the third Pfizer dose no questions asked.

“So my opinion is that it’s giving people more freedom to get the shot if they really want to get the shot. I think many people that feel like they fit into those different criterias should get the shot,” Lefkowitz said.

Last weekend, the White House says more than 400,000 Americans got a COVID booster shot and nearly one million more have made appointments for the coming weeks. Still, the CDC says some 70 million Americans haven’t even gotten their first dose including thousands and thousands of reluctant healthcare workers.

“Get on with it. They should get the shot because they know, they know themselves it will help them,” Das said.

“I think that it’s now more available than ever. We strongly encourage people to come in and get their shot,” Lefkowitz said.

Harrold’s Pharmacy offers COVID vaccinations, including walk-ins. Keep in mind, the Pfizer booster shot can only be given to qualifying patients whose first two shots were by Pfizer and that the last one was at least six months ago.

For information on COVID vaccines, visit the CDC’s website.

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