BERNE, Ind. (WFFT) -- Inside the Kaup Pharmacy, they have one shot to make an impression. In a small city like Berne with 4,000 people, close relationships mean everything.
“We have a lot of people in our communities that trust us and like to come into our pharmacy,” business manager Jason Andrews says, “so we’re excited to be part of the answer to ending the [coronavirus] pandemic.”
The family-owned pharmacy started giving out the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine Friday.
They want to vaccinate as many people as possible and have room to be flexible.
“So if they have special requirements for the vaccine, or times and things like that, and they’re really trying to figure out how to make it work, that’s where they can call a community pharmacy and get the information that they need,” Andrews says.
There are benefits to getting a vaccine in a small community.
People probably know the person giving them the shot, and there might even be walk-in vaccines available.
That’s what Michelle Amstutz did Friday.
She heard the pharmacy had the single-shot option available and jumped at the opportunity to get it.
“I thought well, we’d better just get it, just to be safe,” she says.
Getting to the pharmacy wasn’t a hassle either.
“It’s convenient that it’s close in town,” Amstutz says. “You can just run in town and get what you need.”
The pharmacy has been giving out two-dose vaccines as well, and they’re hoping to get more single-shot doses to the Berne area.
“Every week is what we would hope to see,” Andrews says. “As soon as we find out what we’re getting and how much we will post it on our website and get people in to take the vaccine.”