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Illinois pharmacies receiving Pfizer’s COVID drug, but supply remains scarce. Here’s what you need to know.

Illinois pharmacies receiving Pfizer’s COVID drug, but supply remains scarce. Here’s what you need to know.
For those who need it, Illinois is beginning to get regular shipments to local pharmacies and some designated health centers. Doctors can then prescribe the pill for certain patients who test positive for COVID-19

SureCare Pharmacy manager Oscar Uribe shows a package of Pfizer Paxlovid pills at Esperanza Health Center in Chicago's Brighton Park neighborhood on Jan.“So many people have all of these underlying health factors,” said Linda Simon-Price, interim chief medical officer at Esperanza Health Centers.A bottle of Merck's molnupiravir, which is a treatment for COVID-19, is shown at SureCare Pharmacy inside Esperanza Health Center in Chicago on Jan.“We don’t want there to be this idea that people are covered,” Desai said.

In recent days, Desai said his clinic found the Pfizer medication for two high-risk patients.“We saw these pharmacies showing a supply, gave them a ring right away and wrote a prescription,” Desai said.

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