GRETNA, Va. – A small-town drug store is taking on a big role in the fight against the coronavirus
Gretna Drug, a family-owned pharmacy in its namesake town, has administered more than 1,000 COVID-19 vaccinations in the last 30 days.
Owner and pharmacist Chapman Brown said he made plans to distribute the vaccine as soon as he could.
“The only way we can make the numbers look better is to get people vaccinated,” Brown said. “We’re all on board about doing that.”
The business has gone all-in on administering the shots.
A small corner of the store has transformed into an impromptu COVID clinic, and longtime employee Kelly Sanchez now wears a wireless phone headset to take the avalanche of calls to the pharmacy.
“Our list is extremely long. We’re talking months,” Sanchez said. “I’ve been here 23 years and I’ve never seen anything like this in my life.”