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Pharmacies to receive more COVID-19 vaccine doses from the federal government

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Posted at 6:58 AM, Feb 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-24 17:15:23-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Governor Andrew Cuomo said private pharmacies will receive more doses from the federal government. It's an additional 10%, about 30,000 doses, that will supplement the state's allocation to pharmacies.

"We haven't received any word on what that allocation is going to be but we're looking forward to seeing what the state is going to be able to provide for us," Kathy Sautter, the public and media relations manager for Tops Friendly Markets said.

Tops pharmacies have officially vaccinated almost 8,000 people 65 and above in New York State.

"Our front end associates, our pharmacists, our technicians are really becoming well oiled machines in this process," Sautter said.

More vaccine doses means more appointments. The only way to schedule an appointment is to book online. 7 Eyewitness News has created a step by step guideline on how to do so.

"Stay diligent at looking at the site and looking for appointments. You can enlist the help of your friends and family to help you look for those appointments," Sautter said.

Tops will also begin to carefully juggle first and second dose appointments.

"We're going to start to see both the allocation of first doses for people as well as people now coming back for their second dose," Sautter said.

If you schedule an appointment with Tops pharmacies, make sure to show up just on time.

"Don't show up too early. Certainly, don't show up late. Make sure that they wear very short sleeve shirt or something that's accessible so that way they can get the vaccine in the proper location," Sautter said.

Tops pharmacies in Pennsylvania will also begin to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine this week.