COVID Vaccine FAQ’s

Per CDC/FDA guidance, we are pausing the use of Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine until further notice. We will provide information as we learn more. Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy will continue to provide the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines. All J&J appointments have been cancelled at this time.

As we have come together to fight the pandemic, we are proud to have supported you every step of the way. Your health and safety have always been our top concern, and we are excited to share that the COVID-19 vaccine has arrived at select Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy locations. See Frequently Asked Questions

Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy is partnering with several local state and federal programs to help administer the COVID-19 vaccine to eligible populations. Appointments will be available as we receive vaccines from these programs.

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Last updated:4.13.21

Why has the Janssen (J&J) vaccine been paused?

Refer to the joint statement issued by the CDC and FDA here.

Has the Janssen (J&J) been recalled?

No, this is not a recall.

Will my existing Janssen (J&J) appointment be cancelled?

All J&J appointments have been cancelled at this time, additional cancellations will be reviewed on a day-by-day basis. Please revisit this site for updates. We will also send out e-mail notifications to affected patients.

May I receive Moderna or Pfizer instead of Janssen (J&J)?

If your Pharmaca has Moderna and/or Pfizer, our Teams will contact you for options. To find a COVID-19 vaccine near you, please visit VaccineFinder or visit your local health department’s website.

What do I do if I’ve already received the Janssen (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine?

The FDA and CDC have recommended that patients who have received the Janssen (J&J) vaccine who are experiencing severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath within three weeks after vaccination should contact their health care provider.

COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs

Last updated:3.3.21

When will Pharmaca receive the COVID-19 vaccine?

Stores have started or will soon be receiving the Moderna, Pfizer and Janssen COVID-19 vaccine for Phase 1 administration based on state and county guidelines, but select locations will receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Click here to see if the vaccine is available at your local Pharmaca. Please sign up for an email notification to find out when you are eligible to receive a vaccination at Pharmaca.

Do I have to pay for the COVID-19 vaccine?

No. As part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, patients do not have to pay for the vaccine, regardless of their health insurance status.

Which COVID-19 vaccine will Pharmaca administer?

Pharmaca will administer the Moderna, Pfizer, and Janssen vaccine as they are made available to our locations. Vaccine availability and manufacturer may vary at each location. Once appointments are made available, the Vaccine manufacturer will be listed for selection.

Do I need an appointment to get a COVID-19 vaccine?

Yes, even with the vaccine, we still want to ensure everyone at our stores practices safe social distancing. To keep you safe, we will only accept scheduled appointments during the initial roll out of the vaccine. You can schedule your appointment online and receive a free $5 cash coupon.

If no appointments are available, may I walk-in or be placed on a waitlist?

We do not currently offer a waitlist and are not accepting walk-ins.

How many doses do I need?

Pfizer and Moderna require 2 doses.
Pfizer - 21 days apart
Moderna - 28 days apart
Janssen requires only 1 dose

How does the COVID-19 vaccine work?

The COVID-19 vaccine exposes your body to an antigen that creates an immune response that will block or kill the virus if you become infected. This is how all vaccines are designed to work.

Why did the COVID-19 take months instead of years to develop?

For some vaccines, it takes many years for development and approval, but the COVID-19 vaccine had a unique set of circumstances that allowed for speedier development.

  • We were able to rely on data from the SARS-CoV-1 and MERS CoV vaccines, which made the initial development stage much faster.
  • The U.S. government gave pharmaceutical companies an emergency authority to begin the manufacturing process simultaneously with the clinical trial.
  • Manufacturing is usually scaled substantially after trials have concluded, but Operation Warp Speed has enabled manufacturers to de-risk and build manufacturing alongside clinical trials.
  • Given the urgency of this pandemic, more participants were willing to partake in the clinical trials, which helped prove efficacy more quickly.
  • Cutting-edge manufacturing technologies allowed pharmaceutical companies to quickly produce a supply of vaccines.
Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe?

We will only administer vaccines approved by the FDA or approved for emergency use. Pharmaca’s trained team of pharmacists will store, handle and administer the vaccine in adherence to official CDC guidance.

Am I currently eligible to receive the vaccine?

Eligibility is determined at the state or county level. Please select your county to find additional information.

Please stay safe and healthy. We look forward to serving you. To find the nearest Pharmaca to you, please visit our store locator.