Booster Shot Rollout in Lincoln
Pharmacies Experience a Rush of People Wanting the Booster
Lincoln, Neb. (KLKN)-The Covid-19 booster shot rollout continues in Lincoln. Specifically for the employees and residents at Southlake Village, they will receive their Covid-19 booster before the end of the month.
“Senior RX pharmacy will be providing our vaccines and will be administering the booster vaccines to the residents on the 19th and then the staff that is eligible will be able to get those on the 20th the next day,” said David Bergmann Administrator at Southlake Village.
So far, residents and staff have been receptive to the vaccines, with nearly all fully vaccinated. Staff is about 98% and residents are at 99% fully vaccinated.
“The booster vaccine is another opportunity and another tool we can use to get back to the way that things should be. Back to the way that family members are coming in every day, hugging and smiling and seeing each other’s faces again, enjoying meals together. Those are the little things that mean so much to the folks that live here. It means the world to the family members, and that’s what we are about. It really is just a good opportunity for us to get back to that point,” said Bergmann.
As soon as the Pfizer booster shot was available, people began making appointments.
“It was very busy starting that Friday, through that next week especially,” said Steve Osenbaugh Pharmacist and Owner of Relycare Pharmacy.
Now that the FDA voted to authorize the Moderna booster, area pharmacies are preparing for another rush.
“So many of the retail community were getting the Moderna vaccination, so I expect to see a pretty heavy influx on the Moderna vaccination,” said Osenbaugh.
If you’re worried about side effects, Osenbaugh says:
“Whatever you experienced on the second vaccination, you probably can expect to experience on the third vaccination.”
Because vaccination is so high at Southlake, they are excited to have outdoor Trick-or-Treating this Halloween.
“If the weather is on our side, we will be able to have them sit outside so they can enjoy the trick-or-treaters walking by outside of the building. That’s what we are hopeful to see, and I know the residents are looking forward to it as well,” said Bergmann.