Eyewitness News Reporter Shares COVID-19 Vaccine Experience


UTICA, N.Y. (WUTR-TV) — Even though pharmacies across the state are only supposed to be vaccinating those 65 years and older, they’re doing whatever they can to make sure those doses get used before they expire.

On Sunday afternoon I got a call from the Walgreens on Mohawk Street in Utica telling me my prescription was ready, then was offered the COVID-19 vaccine. I was asked a few questions about my employment and confirmed my date of birth. Then the representative said I’d be placed on their waiting list and contacted some time this week when there was an available dose.

To my surprise they called the following day asking if I was free to come by on Tuesday. They asked that I bring a driver’s license and get there 15 minutes prior to the appointment to fill out paperwork. When I arrived the process was seamless. I filled out the forms, presented my id and got the vaccine.

Afterwards I asked the physician why they were taking anyone for the vaccines? She explained that people cancel appointments and that they received more doses than anticipated. She also said they had 84 doses that were going to expire within the next day, so rather than have them go to waste, they began offering them to anyone who wants one.

I waited for about 15 to 20 minutes after the vaccine before leaving. All things considered, I felt pretty good just more tired than usual. The physician asked that I tell others about signing up for their waiting list, but that you must be free whenever they have an opening. So, before waiting until edibility requirements expand, call a pharmacy to see if they can fit you in.

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