Siouxland pharmacist: Unvaccinated should only gather with immediate family

Published: Dec. 20, 2021 at 2:33 PM CST
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SIOUX CITY (KTIV) - A local pharmacy says it has enough COVID-19 supplies to last through testing and vaccination during an omicron variant wave hitting the area just before the holidays.

Bill Drilling, a pharmacist with Drilling Pharmacy, says the unvaccinated should only gather in small groups.

“If you’re unvaccinated, you probably should not get together in big groups, you should probably stay in your immediate family,” he said.

The pharmacy has been asked by its supplier to only request COVID-19 tests for a period of three weeks at a time. Still, Drilling said the pharmacy has plenty of rapid tests and vaccines.

“So we are, you know, ordering a limited supply. But as far as right now, we’re having no trouble getting it.” said Drilling.

A person who receives a booster shot now would not have full immunity for the holidays, but would get some spike in response to the virus, Drilling said. It takes two weeks for a booster shot to reach full efficacy.

Even if a person won’t have full protection for a holiday gathering, Drilling said he recommends the public get a shot as soon as possible anyway.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is allowing mix-and-match vaccines, meaning someone who received two doses of Moderna can receive a Pfizer booster. Drilling said he isn’t recommending one vaccine over the other, though he says the CDC is no longer recommending the Johnson and Johnson vaccine at all.

Rapid tests at Drilling Pharmacy can detect the omicron variant, another pharmacist there said.

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