'The greatest thing that could happen': Couple gets COVID-19 vaccine from Williamsburg pharmacy

Doctor giving patient shot
Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine
Posted at 9:29 PM, Feb 02, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-02 23:24:12-05

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – “Every day is Groundhog Day! Today really is Groundhog Day, but every day is the same,” said Kathy Derr.

Indoors is probably the safest place for Derr, who has underlying health conditions.

“With my health problems, I may not survive,” she adds.

Now, she says she gets to live and step outside now that she and her husband, Glen, are finally vaccinated.

“Now we think we will get to see the grandchildren grow up,” Derr adds.

These are just a few of the hopeful messages you hear at The Prescription Shoppe in Williamsburg.

“It’s rewarding to see that we are able to help them get there and maybe see a little bit of a light at the end of the tunnel,” said Corina Rosso.

She is the lead certified pharmacy technician at the pharmacy and oversees scheduling appointments.

“It’s four people every 15 minutes,” she adds.

With no time to waste, it's important that they get people in and out safely.

“So once the vial is actually punctured at room temp, it’s good for six hours,” said Dr. Henry Ranger.

Drs. Henry and Jade Ranger are the owners of this community pharmacy and just received their second shipment of the Moderna vaccine.

“We have had people who have tried to reach out who are from Florida and North Carolina, and while we are not going to turn them away..." said Dr. Jade Ranger, people in the Williamsburg community, like Sheila Stenslind, are a priority.

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“It has been awful trying to figure out where to go and what to do,” said Stenslind.

Luckily, they heard back from the team here in less than a week. Her husband, Mark, says they've been trying to get on a list for almost a month.

“We applied through the Peninsula Health Organization, but we haven’t heard back from them,” said Mark Stenslind.

Dr. Henry Ranger says he's glad they are here to serve the community - whether people want to come in or get the shot from inside their cars.

"Hopefully with the performance that we have done, with the allocation we have given, hopefully they will increase our lot so we can take care of more people,” he adds.

To sign up for a COVID-19 at The Prescription Shoppe, call 757-870-3303.

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