Which COVID-19 vaccines do you have available at Drug Mart Pharmacy?
Drug Mart Pharmacy currently offers the Pfizer Bivalent Booster for ages 12 and up, the Moderna Bivalent Booster for ages 12 and up, and the Pfizer vaccine for children ages 5 to 11.
Who is eligible for a COVID-19 booster shot, and when should they get it?
According to the CDC, individuals aged 12 and older who received the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine should get a booster shot at least 5 months after completing their primary series. Those who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine should get a booster at least 2 months after their initial dose. Consult the latest CDC guidelines for more information.
Is there a cost for the COVID-19 vaccine or booster?
No, COVID-19 vaccines and boosters are available at no cost to anyone.
How do I choose which vaccine or booster to get?
The CDC recommends that individuals receive a vaccine or booster that is compatible with their age group and previous vaccination history. Consult your healthcare provider for personalized guidance on the best choice for you.
What precautions should I take after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine or booster?
Even after being vaccinated, it is important to continue following the current CDC guidelines for mask-wearing, social distancing, and hand hygiene to protect yourself and others.
If I've already had COVID-19 and have antibodies, do I still need the vaccine?
Yes, the CDC recommends getting vaccinated even if you've previously had COVID-19. Vaccination provides additional protection and can help prevent reinfection or severe illness.
Is it safe to get the vaccine if I have allergies or take other medications?
Most people with allergies or on medications can safely receive a COVID-19 vaccine. However, consult your healthcare provider to discuss any concerns or potential contraindications.
If I have a suppressed immune system, is it safe to take this vaccine?
People with weakened immune systems can generally receive the COVID-19 vaccine. However, they may not mount a full immune response to the vaccine. Consult your healthcare provider for guidance specific to your medical condition.
Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe for children?
The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is authorized for use in children ages 5 to 11. It has been shown to be safe and effective in this age group. Please consult your child's pediatrician for further guidance.
What are some common side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine, and how long do they last?
Common side effects include pain at the injection site, fatigue, headache, muscle pain, chills, fever, and nausea. These side effects are usually mild to moderate and resolve within a few days.
How long after getting the vaccine does protection start, and how long will it last?
Protection generally starts about 2 weeks after completing the primary series of the vaccine. The duration of protection is still being studied, but booster shots can help maintain and extend immunity.
Please note that information regarding COVID-19 vaccines and guidelines may change over time. Always consult the latest CDC guidelines and your healthcare provider for the most up-to-date information.