According to the CDC, more people receive the COVID booster each day than those who receive their first vaccine or even complete their series.
WAAY-31 spoke with New Hope Pharmacy after speaking to their staff who say they believe this is also happening in Alabama.
Staff told us they have seen fewer people coming for their first COVID vaccine, but are hearing more that they much prefer to wait to get the monoclonal treatment or a booster.
They say this is not the way to go.
“They are in limited supply and if everyone rushes in, there would be nothing left,” Sherry Newton.
Sherry Newton works in the pharmacy department at New Hope Pharmacy and she says that may be what causes fewer people to get their first COVID vaccine or end up receiving both.
Newton said earlier this year that they would see nearly 500 people in a week, but now that has slowed down considerably.
“We’ve had people wanting it now, like latecomers. We’re going to have about 10 to 20 a week who have seen family members or coworkers die and say hello, I want the vaccine now,” Newton said.
Doctors and health officials are urging people not to wait to get vaccinated.
Newton says even though hospitalizations are decreasing, many people are still dying from the virus.
As the holiday season approaches, Newton says she hopes more people will come in for the vaccine.
“This is when people are going to be with their family and friends that they haven’t seen in a while. If you haven’t been vaccinated, you don’t know if you’re going to expose your. family to the virus, even vaccinated people can get it, “she said.
You can always come to the New Hope Pharmacy to get your COVID-19 vaccine and the staff prefer you to make an appointment in advance.
If you’d like a vaccine consultation, Newton says they’re more than happy to help.