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Walgreens, locally-owned pharmacies begin offering COVID vaccinations

Posted February 12, 2021 6:53 a.m. EST

— Starting Friday, access to the COVID-19 vaccine is expanding.

Retail pharmacies across the country have received 1 million doses from the federal government and will start administering those doses today.

Here in North Carolina, that includes Walgreens. More than 300 Walgreens stores in our state have about 100 doses each. Those will be given out by appointment only.

But it's not just national pharmacy chains that are now administering vaccinations. Some of our small town stores are helping get shots in arms, too.

Realo in Four Oaks in Johnston County is one of those smaller, local pharmacies now helping distribute the vaccine.

It'll be a busy day. The owner said they will vaccinate about 3 people every 5 minutes.

This is the drug store's second clinic. Pictures posted on Facebook show the first clinic back in January, when the drugstore gave out 400 doses.

This weekend they’re totally booked – with 900 appointments spanning today and tomorrow.

Some residents are more likely to trust their own local pharmacist – which is helpful during a time when some people are still nervous about getting the vaccine.

Pharmacies like Walgreens and Rite-Aid are also giving out their first doses today part of the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program.

You can also check in with your local pharmacy.

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