'It's a blessing': Edinburg pharmacy distributes 200 COVID-19 vaccines
The team at Ochoa's Pharmacy in Edinburg administered 200 Moderna COVID-19 vaccines on Friday. The 'first dose' vaccines were administered by appointment only to qualifying residents.
Pharmacist Dr. Alessandra Ochoa said the accomplishment was not easy.
The team had to go through a rigorous application process with the state to make sure all of the proper documentation was completed, according to Ochoa.
The effort was well received by their patients, many of whom are elderly and discouraged by the long wait times for vaccines vouchers.
"A lot of our patients feel very comfortable coming in," Ochoa said. "They know us, we know them, so to be able to provide that service for them is just something that we really wanted to be able to do."
Ochoa said a significant amount of the pharmacy's patients are elderly people who do not have the ability to wait for hours in line at a mass vaccination site.
"To be able to provide this-- it's a blessing, we're so so grateful," Ochoa said. "And to be able to do this alongside my father, who's also a pharmacist, is the icing on the cake."