Doctor unable to get coronavirus vaccine at his hospital turns to pharmacy for shot

Vaccine options for health care workers
Vaccine options for health care workers

HOUSTON – A doctor who has been treating coronavirus patients said his hospital has not offered him the vaccine, so he decided to head to a pharmacy to get the shot.

Dr. Lance Blau has diabetes, and his wife, Emily, is 19-weeks pregnant. They said they wanted to get the COVID-19 vaccine as quickly as possible since they are both in the high risk categories.

“We anticipated he was probably going to get the shot right away, but then Christmas was a few days away and he was still waiting … and we wanted him to get vaccinated at least by Christmas,” Emily Blau said.

Blau said that when his hospital hadn’t made the vaccine available to him after more than a week after doses arrived in Texas, his wife started searching for other providers.

“To be honest, we were both shocked and frustrated… I mean he works with COVID patients every day,” Emily Blau said.

She found an H-E-B Pharmacy in Katy that was willing to provide him with the vaccine. Within 24 hours, he had the shot.

“They really helped us out and they went to a lot of work to make this happen so quickly. They helped find enough people to take the vaccine at the same time as my husband so it could be done this way. You have to have a number of people taking the vaccine within a six-hour period to make it work,” Emily Blau said. “We are very thankful to HEB.”

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