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Virginia Pharmacies to start COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments

Pharmacies in Virginia have started administering COVID-19 from this week. The vaccines will sync with the state’s rollout keeping the focus on senior citizens. However, one young woman got a chance to get vaccinated a little earlier than expected. For the past eleven months, Mel Pruett has been living in fear.

Pruett said, “It was really scary to go to the grocery store for the first time, even going out to my car. I remember holding my breath because I was so scared. I am somebody that cannot get sick. It can literally kill me.” When it comes to coronavirus, the Richmond woman takes no chances.

She lives with a debilitating underlying condition called POTS, Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome. She said that she looks healthy, like a 20-year-old, but it is an invisible illness that affects the whole body. It affects the blood pressure and cognitive thinking of the person also. In case she has an infection, then she would nearly die.

Pruett’s fears will end soon as she could claim an appointment as soon as Walgreens opened up the vaccine appointments. Pruett recalled, “I woke up at 2 o’clock in the morning for my vaccine appointment, had to drive through Tennessee.” Because of her pre-existing condition, she qualified for category 1B.

The Virginia Department of Health asked the pharmacies administering shots only to prioritize senior citizens aged 65 and above. Dr. Danny Avula, the state’s vaccine leader, said that it was difficult to work out the logistics for Pruett to get the vaccine.