COVID Vaccine FAQ’s

As we have come together to fight the pandemic, we are proud to have supported you every step of the way. Your health care and safety have always been our top concerns. We are excited to share that COVID-19 vaccines have arrived at select Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy locations and we are now able to offer vaccination appointments.

Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy is partnering with several local, state and federal government programs to help administer COVID-19 vaccines to eligible populations as determined by local, county and state health department guidelines. Appointments will be available as we receive vaccines from these programs. Please use our vaccine finder tools below to help you locate the Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy vaccination location nearest you. Have more questions? Visit our Frequently Asked Questions section to find vaccine information and more.

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COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs

Last updated:5.14.21

When will Pharmaca receive the COVID-19 vaccine?

All Pharmaca locations have COVID-19 vaccines available. Click here to schedule an appointment at your local Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy.

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.

May I walk-in or be placed on a waitlist?

We do not currently offer a waitlist. At this time, only California, Illinois (Chicago), New Mexico and Oregon (Portland) locations are offering 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?

Everyone 18 years of age and older is eligible to receive a free Moderna or Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccine. Minors 12 years of age and older are eligible to receive a free Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.

Please stay safe and healthy. We look forward to serving you. Need to know where the closest one of our locations is because you’re wondering “Where is a COVID 19 vaccine near me?” Please visit our store locator to find the nearest Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy to you, today!