Independent pharmacies are expected to receive a significant shipment of COVID-19 vaccines next week. One local pharmacy owner has created a vaccination portal website to help with the process.
The website was an idea of Norman pharmacy owner. A.J. Asgari. He created the drugstore2door website.
“We built a platform to allow consumers to shop any product that an independent pharmacy could get for them within 24 hours,” said Asgari.
When Asgari knew COVID-19 vaccines would be coming to independent pharmacies in the state he saw an opportunity to expand. He then created another site called bookacovidvaccine.com.
“There’s over 500 locations registered in the last week with us,” said Asgari.
About 20 of those locations registered are across Oklahoma.
“When you go in, we use your location to find the closet fulfillment center near you,” said Asgari.
Pharmacies will have the option to use the site to organize their inventory of vaccines and open vaccination appointments.
“It allows for a very streamline process for the independent pharmacies to set people in very precise intervals and bring them in and out in a time frame where they can service that patient,” said Asgari.
The site also provides another option for Oklahomans looking for vaccines. They can make an appointment or join a waiting list.
“You can hit a waiting list and as they get vaccines, they can reserve those time slots to match the exact amount of vaccine they have to give. Then it will throw the rest of the people back into a waiting pattern,” said Asgari.
Asgari said bookacovidvaccine.com is free for pharmacies to utilize. He said he hopes it opens a door for more people to have the opportunity to get vaccinated.
“It’s a preparation,” said Asgari. “We don’t have exact numbers of what we will be getting and how often we will get it but we have to just be ready and willing.”
The state is expected to receive 11,300 vaccines that will be distributed to independent pharmacies next week.