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In the early days of the pandemic when vaccines started to trickle into the public domain, everybody was scrambling to find them as they were not as readily accessible as they are now.  Speaking of my own personal situation, my wife and I made vaccine appointments at two faraway places just to make sure we could get them.

We were willing to travel to SUNY Canton and SUNY Binghamton to get our shots.  And the appointments were a month away.

I heard about Bartles Pharmacy in Oxford, a small family run business that has been in Oxford for decades.  They announced that they had their vaccines ready so I called them.  Within 10 minutes I had an appointment for the shot, and within 5 days I was vaccinated.  I went on the air and shared the good news about Bartles Pharmacy and soon many of my listeners were on their way to Oxford.

Job well done "Bartles Brigade!"

On Monday June 14th, Senator Fred Akshar presented Bartle’s Pharmacy with a New York State Senate Empire Award for their outstanding work vaccinating 5,000 people over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"I was proud to present Bartle’s Pharmacy in Oxford with the New York State Senate Empire Award for all of their hard work during the pandemic," said Senator Fred Akshar. "Community pharmacies play an integral role in keeping our rural communities healthy and safe."

The New York State Senate Empire Award is a prestigious award that recognizes businesses that have achieved a high level of excellence in their communities.

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