Are COVID-19 vaccines available?
The FDA has granted Emergency Use Authorization for two COVID-19 vaccines developed by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna. These vaccines are currently available to select eligible populations depending on the state. Vaccine supply and eligibility decisions are made by state and local governments. Over the next several months, more people will become eligible for the vaccine through a phased priority approach. COVID-19 vaccines will be available to the general population as soon as large quantities are made available.
Who is eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine?
Walgreens is following guidelines provided by state and local jurisdictions to administer COVID-19 vaccinations in accordance with CDC guidance. State and local health departments determine eligibility based on vaccine availability. We anticipate vaccines will be available for the general population through our more than 9,000 stores sometime in 2021.
When can I get a COVID-19 vaccine?
State and local health departments determine eligibility based on vaccine availability. When vaccines are more widely available, there will be increased access to the broader population.
Can I get a COVID-19 vaccine at Health RX Scripts Pharmacy?
We continue to explore a number of options to administer vaccines through off-site clinics, our stores or other locations, while keeping patient and team member safety a top priority. You'll hear from your local health official or employer directly if you’re eligible for a vaccine.
What safety measures will Health RX Scripts Pharmacy be taking when administering COVID-19 vaccines?
Health RX Scripts Pharmacy knows safety is of utmost importance to customers during the COVID-19 pandemic. In accordance with the CDC, we’re taking health and safety measures including physical distancing and personal protective equipment in our stores and off-site clinics. Health RX Scripts Pharmacy will continue to meet or exceed CDC guidelines for immunizations to promote the health and wellbeing of our team members and customers.
Are COVID-19 vaccines safe?
Vaccines have played an important role in protecting the health and safety of communities and nations throughout history. As a critical resource for care in our communities, Health RX Scripts Pharmacy will remain focused on providing safe and convenient access to COVID-19 vaccines. Learn how the federal government is ensuring the safety of COVID-19 vaccines.
What are the side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine?
According to the CDC and FDA, adverse reactions are usually mild to moderate in intensity and resolve within a few days. The most common adverse reactions reported after vaccination in clinical studies included:
- Pain at injection site
- Muscle pain
- Joint pain
- Injection site swelling
- Injection site redness
- Swollen lymph nodes
What allergies affect COVID-19 vaccines?
At this time, health officials do not fully understand how COVID-19 vaccines will affect people with allergies. More data is needed. Please refer to the Prescribing Information of each vaccine for more information:
- Pfizer-BioNTech: Do not administer the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine to individuals with known history of a severe allergic reaction (e.g., anaphylaxis) to any component of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine.
- Moderna: Do not administer the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine to individuals with a known history of a severe allergic reaction (e.g., anaphylaxis) to any component of the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine.
How do COVID-19 vaccines work?
There are currently three types of COVID-19 vaccines that are either under development, undergoing clinical trials or available for Emergency Use Authorization in the United States: mRNA, protein subunit and vector. Each uses different technologies that recognize and protect people from COVID-19. The CDC provides further information here.
How many shots of COVID-19 vaccine are required?
Both the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines require two shots to be as effective as possible.
Is my COVID-19 vaccine at Health RX Scripts Pharmacy free?
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services states that people without health insurance or whose insurance does not provide coverage of COVID-19 vaccines can also get a COVID-19 vaccine at no cost.
Do COVID-19 vaccines prevent the virus from spreading?
No, COVID-19 vaccines do not prevent the virus from spreading. The vaccines reduce the chances of getting sick when a vaccinated individual is exposed to the virus. Preventive measures such as wearing a mask, social distancing and washing hands are all essential in decreasing the spread of the virus.
Can you spread COVID-19 after you receive the vaccine?
It is not yet known if individuals who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 are capable of spreading the virus to others. For now, health officials are advising those who have been vaccinated to continue to wear a mask, wash hands often and practice social distancing in order to protect others.
How long do COVID-19 vaccines last?
It is not yet known how long COVID-19 vaccines will provide protection. More data is needed.
Which COVID-19 vaccine is better?
No vaccine has been determined to be better than another. Clinical trials for the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines have yielded similar safety and efficacy data. Health officials advise qualifying individuals to get vaccinated with whichever vaccine is available.
How long after my COVID-19 vaccine am I immune?
After receiving the second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine, it usually takes about two weeks for the body to develop sufficient antibodies for maximum protection against the virus.
Do COVID-19 vaccines work against variants?
Scientists are working to learn more about how easily the COVID-19 variants might spread, whether they could cause more severe illness, and whether currently authorized vaccines will protect people against them. At this time, there is no evidence that these variants cause more severe illness or increased risk of death.
How much immunity do you have after the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine?
It is not yet known how much protection one dose of COVID-19 vaccine provides. A second dose is recommended for maximum efficacy.
Who should not get a COVID-19 vaccine?
Individuals should not get the COVID-19 vaccine if they have had a severe allergic reaction after receiving a previous dose of the vaccine or if they have had a severe allergic reaction to any of the ingredients in the vaccine. It’s important to inform your healthcare provider of all medical conditions you have and any medications you are taking.
When should I get my second dose of COVID-19 vaccine?
Individuals who receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine should receive the second dose 21 days after receiving the first dose. Those receiving the Moderna vaccine should receive the second dose 28 days after the first dose.