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Rochester pharmacies continue vaccine sign-up with little instruction

Rachel Mills
Updated: February 03, 2021 06:26 PM
Created: February 03, 2021 06:15 PM

(ABC 6 News) - Seyi Faseemo, the manager at Rochester Community Pharmacy, one of three vaccine sites in Rochester, said that they don't have any vaccines yet.

Faseemo said the Minnesota Department of Health told her this weekend that they would be one of the locations distributing vaccines. 

"And then the next day, I saw we were already live on their site. And they had a phone number there and people started calling our number just because they saw it on the website," Faseemo said.

Faseemo only had one other employee on hand to tackle the governor's new program this week. 

"We didn't know we were going to get this many people. Within the last two days, we've had to help over one thousand people," Faseemo said.

She did not know why their small pharmacy had been chosen to be a part of this program. 

Kris Ehresmann, director for infectious disease with the Minnesota Department of Health, said they were chosen because they are a small pharmacy. 

"These are pharmacies that tend to have more relationships with the customers they serve and they're very much connected to the healthcare system," Ehresmann said. 

The pharmacy does not yet have any vaccines at their location. Faseemo said all she was told was that they would have them within a week. 

"Vaccines were ordered on Monday, so it takes a couple of to get there. So they should be getting those later this week," Ehresmann said. 

Once those vaccines arrive, the pharmacy can begin calling applicants for appointments in the order they applied. 

As Mayo Clinic plans on partnering with Olmsted County to assist these pharmacies, Faseemo said what they really need are the actual vaccines and more hands at both pharmacy locations, which currently have four employees total. 

We need about five more for each location," Faseemo said. Faseemo also said she is in the process of hiring more employees. 

The state has a limited supply of doses for this program, so if you aren't called this week, you will have your chance once more vaccines become available.


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