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Eatonville pharmacy Administers Covid Vaccine

Kirk Heinz owns Eatonville pharmacy which administers the Covid vaccine. Hometown Hero is the latest title for Heinz. He said that from the Chamber of Commerce to county council to the school board and even the mayor

Heinz is being celebrated for going above and beyond during the pandemic as the longtime owner of Eatonville pharmacy, working alongside his son, Andrew. The pair have led a team over the past 6 months that coordinated and distributed over 22,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. An especially impressive feat for a pharmacy that serves a town with a population of fewer than 3,000 people.

Kirk Heinz said the rollout was overwhelming to start, as people from all over came to his pharmacy looking for the shot. He said that people were camping outside overnight when we started. Traffic was backed up five miles outside of Eatonville. The pair’s vaccine rollout only grew from there. They organized numerous mass vaccination clinics at local schools, worked closely with the Eatonville school district, and even travelled to Tacoma and Puyallup to distribute doses.

People from as far as Eastern Washington and Portland, Ore., have come to Kirk’s Pharmacy to get their vaccine. Andrew Heinz said it’s an example of how a small-town Eatonville pharmacy can lead in a time of crisis. He said he’s proud to prove how impactful independent pharmacies can be flexible and can pivot faster than major chains. The rush for vaccine appointments has slowed at Kirk’s Pharmacy and they continue to focus on educating their community whether people choose to get vaccinated or not.

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