In April, Powell Drug began offering the Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccinations. Just as soon as the local drug store began offering them, the FDA enacted a “safety pause” after a …
In April, Powell Drug began offering the Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccinations. Just as soon as the local drug store began offering them, the FDA enacted a “safety pause” after a handful of women out of 7 million people who had received the vaccination experienced dangerous blood clots.
The pause lasted only 10 days before the agency reversed course. The pharmacy has been going strong ever since, said Powell Drug owner David Klinger.
Klinger said the pharmacy does about 20 vaccinations per week. The demand for them is higher than that, but with a small staff, they can only schedule so many.
“Our appointments get filled up every week,” Klinger said.
He said there’s no shortage of the vaccine itself, though. In mid-May, Powell Drug had over 200 doses on hand.
Klinger said many people find the Johnson & Johnson vaccination appealing because it requires only one dose.
“It’s a single dose and you’re done,” he said.
The pharmacy has an online appointment scheduler for the vaccines — available at www.powelldrugappointments.as.me — but Klinger said those who aren’t comfortable using computers can call the pharmacy to make an appointment.
Park County Public Health holds clinics in Powell once per week with the Pfizer vaccine, and Heritage Health also offers vaccines by appointment. Powell Valley Healthcare refers those who wish to get a vaccine to public health.