CVS cancels Westminster Canterbury COVID-19 vaccines

CVS cancels Westminster Canterbury COVID-19 vaccines

HENRICO, Va. (WWBT) - It’s back to the drawing board for a Central Virginia nursing home that’s scrambling to figure out how to get vaccinations for its residents. That’s despite nursing homes being among the first groups that are supposed to get the shots.

Westminster Canterbury in Henrico says a vaccination clinic that was scheduled on-site next month won’t happen, but they say it’s not their fault.

Officials at Westminster Canterbury say if their residents and families are frustrated, and so are they. They’re pointing the blame at CVS who they say promised to show up but suddenly pulled out.

“This news is frustrating and it’s extremely disappointing,” said Westminster Canterbury’s CEO John Burns. He didn’t mince words. “The fact that CVS would do this is a disgrace…With really no warning, CVS notified us that they canceled their agreement to vaccinate our independent living residents.”

It was supposed to happen over a two day period next month. Now, officials don’t know when it will happen.

“Somebody needs to get it fixed,” said Jonathan Adams-Boyles. His 84 and 85-year-old father and mother both live at Westminster Canterbury. “I actually called my mother to check in last night and she said ‘oh, do you know the news?’ And I was like ‘what?’”

That’s when he found out his elderly parents won’t be getting the COVID-19 shot they were expecting to get next month. Leaders at the facility say they’ve been working day and night to figure out a solution.

But when they reach out to medical and government leaders they were told it has to do with supply.

“Largely we’re hearing the same message over and over, that the supply of vaccine is really limited. Many of the pharmacies who had some now have none. Many of the physician clinics that had some now don’t have any, but they’ll get more,” Burns added.

Now, many families are hoping that health officials will get more vaccines as those most vulnerable continue to wait, despite Virginia already moving onto the next phase of people to be vaccinated.

“We didn’t do Thanksgiving. We didn’t do Christmas. I haven’t hugged my mother in almost a year and that stinks,” Adams-Boyles added.

NBC 12 reached out to CVS for comment and is awaiting a response.

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