SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) — Rite Aid Pharmacy locations in Syracuse, New York, continue to administer booster shots to the public. With locations across the northeast, Rite Aid sees thousands of clients a day, the Butternut Street location in Syracuse is getting the most action.
“We are the busiest Rite aid in the nation as of right now,” says pharmacy manager Ian Allport. “It’s kind of a constant stream of shots coming in, but there has been a bit of an uptick recently.”
The uptick in demand is mostly due to people coming in for second doses or additional boosters. Allport sees both college and high school students come in to receive a booster to return to school safely. He also sees workers come in for a dose after their company instituted a mandate.
Both new and old variants continue to float around Central New York. Many people are concerned for new variants, such as the BA.5 variant, and want to stay as safe as possible.
Allport says he hopes to receive shipments for new boosters that protect against new variants.
“We’re in the dark here still,” he says. “We won’t really know until we get an email saying we’re getting a shipment of vaccines.”
Allport recommends that people come in for their booster shots today.