Six MontCo, Berks Weis Pharmacies Offering Virus Vaccine

SUNBURY PA – Three Weis Markets locations within Montgomery County, and another three in Berks County, began Thursday (Jan. 21, 2021) to administer COVID-19 vaccinations to qualified individuals by appointment only, the company said. The six area in-store pharmacies are among a total of 55 from which shots are being initially offered by Weis in Pennsylvania.

In Montgomery County, Weis reported individuals were being provided with the Moderna vaccine by “certified immunizers” at its stores in Norristown, Conshohocken, and Huntingdon Valley. In Berks, the locations were in Reading (North 13th Street), Kutztown, and Hamburg. Appointments reportedly are available Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and must be made no earlier than the day before. Face masks are required for entrance.

As of 6:15 a.m. today (Friday, Jan. 22), however, none of the Pennsylvania locations identified had open appointments to be filled. Instead, the company’s pharmacy services webpage – at which reservations must be made – told visitors “all appointment slots are currently full. Please check back tomorrow for appointment availability. When appointment slots are available they will be displayed.”

Although Weis operates stores in Gilbertsville, Pennsburg, and Oley, they are not on the list of selected stores with vaccine supplies. Find the current list of immunizing stores here.

Per state regulations, Weis said it is giving vaccine priority to individuals age 65 and older, as well as those age 16-64 with high-risk conditions including cancer, chronic kidney disease, smoking, COPD, heart conditions, Down Syndrome, obesity and diabetes. Second doses of the vaccine are required four weeks after the first shot; they, too, apparently will be available at appointment locations.

Weis Markets’ Pharmacy Vice President Rick Seipp said “over time, we hope to expand to other priority categories as vaccine becomes more available and in coordination with the Commonwealth’s guidelines. We’re ready to help.”

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