This Pharmacist Had Vaccine Doses to Spare. So He Hit the Road.

“They were just sitting in the freezer,” he said.

State rules restricted who could get shots at independent pharmacies like his to certain older residents, and fewer and fewer people seemed to be scheduling appointments. The problem was even more vexing because his pharmacy, Rossi Pharmacy, draws many customers from East New York, a community hit hard by the pandemic and where the vaccination rate lags behind other parts of New York City.

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The pharmacist has started doing pop-up vaccination events at senior affordable housing facilities, possibly illuminating a new way to reach vulnerable groups. Ambar Keluskar vaccinated more than 150 people at the Ingersoll Houses community center gym in Brooklyn on Saturday, part of the pharmacist’s vaccine distribution efforts.Brittainy Newman for […]


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