Steve Hoffart, owner of Magnolia Pharmacy, announced June 7 the pharmacy walk-in COVID-19 vaccines are now available to area residents, meaning no appointment is necessary to receive a COVID-19 vaccination.

"Now we're at a point where we want to make the opportunity—if you want to get a COVID vaccine—accessible and easy for you," Hoffart said in a Facebook live video June 7.

He said clients can still book appointments on Tuesdays for COVID-19 vaccines; however, clients can also walk into the pharmacy without an appointment during normal business hours Monday through Friday to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, including the Johnson & Johnson and Moderna vaccines.

COVID-19 vaccines are available to clients age 18 and older, he said.

In a June 4 interview, Hoffart said the pharmacy's vaccine clinic has given about 6,000 COVID-19 vaccinations since first receiving doses in early 2021, with about 500-600 vaccines given weekly for several weeks.

"As far as getting new vaccinated patients, we really don't have the uptake [anymore]," Hoffart said June 4. "I do realize [an appointment-based model] creates challenges for some patients, since they have to work or have other obligations or have children or school, so we need to get away from an appointment-based model and go to a walk-in model. But the demand has dropped so dramatically, it's good and bad. I guess the good part is, it's not as taxing, as stressful on the staff; the bad part is, we know there's a large chunk of the population that hasn't been vaccinated that really needs vaccinations."

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