GRETNA, Va. — Gretna Drug Company, Inc. is now administering the Pfizer vaccine to children aged 12-17.
Storeowner and registered pharmacist, H. Chapman Brown III, is optimistic about Gretna’s vaccine clinic as another step toward vaccinating as many people as possible to help staunch the spread of COVID-19.
“The Pfizer vaccine is currently approved for people 12 and older,” Brown said.
Parents may schedule appointments for their children to receive the Pfizer vaccine, as well as getting vaccinated themselves. Right now, the Moderna vaccine is only being administered to adults.
The vaccine clinic at Gretna Drug has been up and running since Jan. 11, 2021. However, this week marks the first vaccine clinic for children as young as 12 years old to receive their COVID-19 vaccine at Gretna Drug.
“We have been collaborating with the Pittsylvania County School system about trying to get the children vaccinated,” Brown said. While the school requires students to be vaccinated for a number of other diseases such as meningitis, the COVID-19 vaccine is not yet required for enrollment or in-person attendance.
Pittsylvania County Schools will host their own vaccine clinic later in the summer, but Gretna Drug is attempting to “get a jumpstart” in vaccinating as many children as possible before the start of the 2021-2022 school year.
The Gretna Drug Co. vaccine clinic will be giving children ages 12 and older the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine during a three-day window this week, Tuesday, June 1, through Thursday, June 3. The second dose will be given after a 21-day window, during a follow-up vaccine clinic scheduled for June 22-24.
Brown’s father opened Gretna Drug Company, Inc. in 1967, and the family-owned pharmacy has been dedicated to serving and meeting the health needs of the community ever since.
“I’m encouraged by what I have seen with people being vaccinated over the last five months. We’re definitely seeing a huge decline in hospitalizations,” Brown said. “I would like to think that the vaccination process has been a major contributing factor.”
It is Brown’s hope that as more people continue to be vaccinated for COVID-19, the community will begin to see many positive changes.