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D.C. Residents Get Lucky, Receive Coronavirus Vaccine Early

Law student David MacMillan and a friend were at a Giant Food store in Northeast recently when they received a surprise proposal: receive a shot of the Moderna coronavirus vaccine.

MacMillan said he and his friend couldn’t resist the invitation from the store’s pharmacist.

“She turned to us and was like, ‘Hey, I’ve got two doses of the vaccine and I’m going to have to throw them away if I don’t give them to somebody. We close in 10 minutes. Do you want the Moderna vaccine?'” MacMillan said, WRC-TV (Channel 4) reported Sunday.

According to the D.C. Department of Health coronavirus vaccine schedule, MacMillan and his friend shouldn’t have been vaccinated until April because they are classified as being in the 1C category.

Only health care workers and first responders are supposed to be inoculated in January in the 1A category in the District, according to the health department. The department’s regulations approve extra doses of the vaccine given to the general public to prevent them from being disposed.

Giant issued a statement in support of the pharmacist’s actions.

“The Moderna vaccine is valuable and lifesaving, and we are happy to have not wasted it and given this couple each a dose,” the statement said, WRC reported.

MacMillan said he feels fine after the inoculation despite briefly having a headache, WRC reported. He said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention texts him daily to check on his condition.

MacMillan, who is scheduled to get his second dose later this month, thanked the pharmacist for her actions, calling her a hero.

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