Pittsburgh pharmacy reports uptick in people seeking third COVID-19 dose

PITTSBURGH — Last month, when COVID-19 booster shots started rolling out locally, Channel 11 visited Spartan Pharmacy in the South Hills. At that time, the owner said he had more doses than patients and feared the inventory would go to waste.

A month later, and he said things have drastically changed.

“It’s really ramped up,” said Ron Obringer. “People who are in institutional medicine or frontline jobs as well as people with preexisting conditions are now eligible.”

Obringer said he’s seen an influx of people because the booster shots have been opened up to more patients. He also said the shelf life of their inventory was extended by the manufacturer.

“We have used up the majority of that inventory that was affected by that extended expiration date. We have now ordered a new inventory, and we are ready to start moving that product,” he said.

Obringer said his pharmacy is planning a vaccination clinic on Oct. 5 at the Brentwood Volunteer Fire Company.

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