Pharmacy Owner Discusses Flu Shot Shortage

By: Estephany Escobar Email
By: Estephany Escobar Email

HARRISONBURG, Va. -- The owner of the Medicap Pharmacy said he didn't have any flu vaccines starting in early January. He said the manufacturers usually make enough to meet the demand, but that this year, demand was higher than expected.

Owner Mel Anderson said he has given more than 600 flu shots this year. He said his pharmacy started giving shots in August and the shots lasted until January.

Anderson said this year's flu season started a month earlier than usual in December.

Medicap usually orders its vaccines from a wholesaler, but Anderson said his wholesalers don't have any more of the vaccine. Anderson said a chain pharmacy may be more likely to restock.

"They have much more buying power than we do,” said Anderson, “They're ordering it for, 2, 3, 4,000 stores, so they can probably go to the manufacturer. They're probably get priority over us, who are ordering 4-500."

Anderson also said the wholesalers may be more hesitant to get extra supplies from manufacturers. Usually, the vaccines are non-refundable when it's this late in the season.

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