**Editied to correct information** 10/27/17 1020am.***

Over the last few months, Walgreens has been working to acquire 1,932 stores from Rite Aid. The Federal Trade Commission approval came for the buy last month.

As a part of the restructuring, Walgreens announced that they will be closing 600 Rite Aid stores. The stores that are most likely to have their doors shut are ones that are in a close physical proximity to Walgreens stores.

Here in the Hudson Valley, we have at least a dozen Walgreens and Rite Aid stores, some of those Rite Aid stores have undergone recent remodeling. Are any of these stores on the chopping block? Walgreens has yet to make the announcement as to which stores will be closed. In a press release, it was mentioned those decisions will not be made until the beginning of 2018.

Will ours make it? Do you have a preference of Rite Aid or Walgreens?

Do you have a favorite pharmacy store, drug-store brand? Are their perks to shopping at just one? Or do you think that people get better deals by shopping all of the many brands that are available locally?

What ever happened to Rexall Drugs? What ever happened to the 'Mom & Pop' Drug stores in our area? Does anyone remember ever stopping in and shopping at College Pharmacy in Poughkeepsie or Molloy's Pharmacy in Hyde Park?

Did you know that you can get certain types of vaccines at the local pharmacy/drug store locations? Flu shots, Shingles vaccine, Tetanus, even the Covid-19 vaccinations. Ask you pharmacist for more information.

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While much is still unknown about the coronavirus and the future, what is known is that the currently available vaccines have gone through all three trial phases and are safe and effective. It will be necessary for as many Americans as possible to be vaccinated in order to finally return to some level of pre-pandemic normalcy, and hopefully these 30 answers provided here will help readers get vaccinated as soon they are able.

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