Pharmasave to begin vaccinations tomorrow

By Merna Emara
Staff Writer

Fort Frances Pharmasave is set to begin administering the AstraZeneca vaccination to adults 55 years of age or older.

Pharmasave will receive 200 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccines today. They have a waitlist of over 500 individuals waiting in line for the jab.

Ashley LaFreniere, assistant at Pharmasave, said they will be calling those on the waitlist to set appointments for tomorrow and on Monday.

“There is going to be two nurses,” LaFreniere said. “They’re going to probably pump through 92 doses each day, so 92 on Friday and 92 on Monday, so it’s going to eat up most of them.”

However, LaFreniere said they do not know when they will receive the second shipment.

LaFreniere said they do not automatically reorder vaccination doses. As vaccinations are given, the vaccine numbers remaining are monitored real time on the website, LaFreniere added. When they have used 80 per cent of the doses, the website automatically makes another shipment.

Nurses administering the shots will come from the Fort Frances Clinic. LaFreniere said they will be ensuring physical distancing to make sure they are safely following capacity guidelines to avoid an overcrowded indoor space.

LaFreniere said they are doing their best to work around guidelines that are constantly changing.

“Going forward bear with us as we try to navigate our way through this hard time,” LaFreniere said. “Everybody’s been very easygoing with this. We are bombarded with questions but we haven’t received anybody who is super angry.”

Residents can walk in to put their name down or call Pharmasave. Pharmasave will ask for your name, date of birth and phone number in order to give you a call when they have more doses ready.

The Northwestern Health Unit is now taking vaccination appointments for those who were born in 1961 or earlier.