COVID-19 Vaccines: What You Need to Know

Wegmans has partnered with state and local government officials to offer the COVID-19 vaccine at select pharmacy locations in New York State, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts. Through our partnership with Topco Associates, LLC, we are also participating in the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program.

As vaccine supply becomes available, the link to schedule an appointment will be available at Wegmans.com/pharmacy. Customers without a computer can schedule a vaccine by calling 1-800-207-6099, Monday – Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. This line will only be active when appointments are available.

We continue working to increase our supply and expand our ability to administer the vaccine throughout our markets, and will provide updates on this page as they become available.

Who’s Eligible at Wegmans
In New York State, Wegmans Pharmacy was selected by the state to offer the COVID-19 vaccine to the following groups:

  • People 65 and older
  • Wegmans Pharmacy employees

Wegmans Locations Offering the Vaccine
All New York Sate Wegmans locations, with the exception of the Harrison and Brooklyn stores, are participating in the administration of the vaccine.

Scheduling an Appointment
All vaccine scheduling should be done online at wegmans.com/pharmacy. You do not need to have a Wegmans online account to sign up for a vaccination. Please have your insurance card available when scheduling your appointment.

Customers without a computer can schedule a vaccine by calling 1-800-207-6099, Monday – Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please have your insurance card available when scheduling your appointment. This line will only be active when appointments are available.

If scheduling an appointment for somebody else, please book the appointment using the name, date of birth, and address of the person receiving the vaccine.

What to Bring to Your Appointment
Please bring your photo ID and insurance card to your appointment. If you are on Medicare, please bring your Medicare Part B card (Hospital/Medical card) and your prescription card.

Second Dose Appointment
At the time of your first dose, the pharmacy team will schedule your second dose appointment. Per state guidance, second doses should be administered at the same location as your first dose. If you are unable to be vaccinated in the location of your first dose, you should contact [email protected] so that the State can provide assistance.

Vaccine Cost
There are no out-of-pocket costs for the vaccine or its administration, regardless of insurance coverage. If you have insurance, we will process the vaccine through your insurance provider.

Vaccine Availability
We know the COVID-19 vaccine is in high demand. We expect to receive a limited supply of the vaccine on a regular basis in order to vaccinate the groups listed above.

As the vaccine process evolves, so does the information we’re receiving from our local and state officials. Here’s what you need to know:

  • New Appointment Timeslots – We will open online scheduling for appointments as shipments are confirmed. At this time, there is not a confirmed schedule. We expect appointments to continue to book quickly and encourage customers to check Wegmans.com/pharmacy, frequently. Appointments are first come, first serve. We are not offering a waitlist.
  • Distribution of Vaccine – The amount of vaccine we receive starts with the federal government, who first allocates a certain number of vaccinations to each state. From there, the state determines how much goes to each region and provider.

Who’s Eligible in Pennsylvania and at Wegmans
In Pennsylvania, Wegmans Pharmacy was selected by the state to offer the COVID-19 vaccine to individuals eligible in phase 1A. A full list of phase 1A eligible individuals is available here.

  • Health care personnel
  • Emergency medical service workers
  • Outpatient care workers (e.g. doctors, dentists, registered nurses, physical therapists, etc., and their staff)
  • Residential care workers (e.g. nursing home, group home)
  • Pharmacy workers (pharmacists and pharmacy technicians)
  • COVID testing or vaccination site workers
  • Urgent care providers
  • Medical examiners and coroners
  • Funeral workers
  • Home care workers
  • Hospice care workers
  • Individuals age 65 and older
  • Individuals age 16-64 with high-risk conditions (Wegmans’ supply is approved for individuals age 18 and older)

Wegmans Locations Offering the Vaccine
All Pennsylvania Wegmans Pharmacy locations are participating in the administration of the vaccine.

Scheduling an Appointment
All vaccine scheduling should be done online at wegmans.com/pharmacy. You do not need to have a Wegmans online account to sign up for a vaccination. Please have your insurance card available when scheduling your appointment.

Customers without a computer can schedule a vaccine by calling 1-800-207-6099, Monday – Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please have your insurance card available when scheduling your appointment. This line will only be active when appointments are available.

If scheduling an appointment for somebody else, please book the appointment using the name, date of birth, and address of the person receiving the vaccine.

What to Bring to Your Appointment
Please bring your photo ID and insurance card to your appointment. If you are on Medicare, please bring your Medicare Part B card (Hospital/Medical card) and your prescription card.

Second Dose Appointment
At the time of your first dose, the pharmacy team will schedule your second dose appointment. Per state guidance, second doses should be administered at the same location as your first dose.

Vaccine Cost
There are no out-of-pocket costs for the vaccine or its administration, regardless of insurance coverage. If you have insurance, we will process the vaccine through your insurance provider.

Vaccine Availability
We know the COVID-19 vaccine is in high demand. We expect to receive a limited supply of the vaccine on a regular basis in order to vaccinate the groups listed above.

As the vaccine process evolves, so does the information we’re receiving from our local and state officials. Here’s what you need to know:

  • New Appointment Timeslots – We will open online scheduling for appointments as shipments are confirmed. At this time, there is not a confirmed schedule. We expect appointments to continue to book quickly and encourage customers to check Wegmans.com/pharmacy, frequently. Appointments are first come, first serve. We are not offering a waitlist.
  • Distribution of Vaccine – The amount of vaccine we receive starts with the federal government, who first allocates a certain number of vaccinations to each state. From there, the state determines how much goes to each region and provider.

Who’s Eligible in Massachusetts and at Wegmans

In Massachusetts, Wegmans Pharmacy was selected by the state to offer the COVID-19 vaccine to individuals eligible in Phase 1 and Phase 2, priority groups 1 and 2. Only those in an eligible group can schedule an appointment at this time. More information about the priority groups is available here, including which medical conditions qualify under phase 2.

  • Health care personnel
  • Residential care and corrections workers and residents (e.g. nursing home, group home, shelters, prisons)
  • First responders (EMS, Fire, Police)
  • Home-based healthcare worker
  • Individuals age 65+
  • Individuals with 2+ certain medical conditions
  • Residents and staff of low-income and affordable senior housing

Wegmans Locations Offering the Vaccine
Wegmans’ four Massachusetts stores with a pharmacy are receiving a limited supply of vaccine and administering it to the groups above. Participating stores include:

  • Burlington, Chestnut Hill, Northborough, Westwood

Scheduling an Appointment
All vaccine scheduling should be done online at wegmans.com/pharmacy. You do not need to have a Wegmans online account to sign up for a vaccination. Please have your insurance card available when scheduling your appointment.

Customers without a computer can schedule a vaccine by calling 1-800-207-6099, Monday – Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please have your insurance card available when scheduling your appointment. This line will only be active when appointments are available.

If scheduling an appointment for somebody else, please book the appointment using the name, date of birth, and address of the person receiving the vaccine.

What to Bring to Your Appointment
Please bring your photo ID and insurance card to your appointment. If you are on Medicare, please bring your Medicare Part B card (Hospital/Medical card) and your prescription card.

Second Dose Appointment
At the time of your first dose, the pharmacy team will schedule your second dose appointment. Per state guidance, second doses should be administered at the same location as your first dose.

Vaccine Cost
There are no out-of-pocket costs for the vaccine or its administration, regardless of insurance coverage. If you have insurance, we will process the vaccine through your insurance provider.

Vaccine Availability
We know the COVID-19 vaccine is in high demand. We expect to receive a limited supply of the vaccine on a regular basis in order to vaccinate the groups listed above.

As the vaccine process evolves, so does the information we’re receiving from our local and state officials. Here’s what you need to know:

  • New Appointment Timeslots – We will open online scheduling for appointments as shipments are confirmed. At this time, there is not a confirmed schedule. We expect appointments to continue to book quickly and encourage customers to check Wegmans.com/pharmacy, frequently. Appointments are first come, first serve. We are not offering a waitlist.
  • Distribution of Vaccine – The amount of vaccine we receive starts with the federal government, who first allocates a certain number of vaccinations to each state. From there, the state determines how much goes to each region and provider.

We are working with the area health districts to administer the COVID-19 vaccine at our Fredericksburg and Midlothian stores. Appointments at these stores will not be available for scheduling through Wegmans Pharmacy, as the health districts are providing us with a list of registered individuals.

Residents in the Rappahannock Area Health District (Fredericksburg store) can view the list of qualified priority groups and register online or by calling 540-899-4797.

Residents in the Chesterfield Health District (Midlothian store) can view the list of qualified priority groups and register online here.

We continue to work on expanding our ability to administer the vaccine in additional health districts in Virginia.

At this time, Wegmans is not authorized to administer the COVID-19 vaccine in Maryland. We are working to expand our ability to administer the vaccine in additional states and will provide updates on this page as they become available.

At this time, Wegmans is not authorized to administer the COVID-19 vaccine in New Jersey.  We are working to expand our ability to administer the vaccine in additional states and will provide updates on this page as they become available.

Which vaccine do you have?
The vaccine available at Wegmans will be determined by the federal government’s allocation methods.

Can I trust the vaccine? Is it safe?
The clinical data indicates it is safe and effective which led to FDA’s emergency use authorization of the vaccine. Safety is the most important priority while federal partners work to make the vaccine available and the US Vaccine Safety System ensures that all vaccines are as safe as possible.

What are the side effects of the vaccine?
When you get vaccinated, a normal immune response occurs. It does not mean you are sick; it means your immune system is activated and working to produce antibodies that fight off infection, should your body be exposed to that particular virus. Side effects could include a sore injection site, body aches, and less frequently a mild headache or low-grade fever. These are no different than receiving the influenza vaccine and when they do occur, usually last about 24 hours.

Once I get the vaccine, will I have to do so every year like the flu vaccine?
It is too soon to know for sure, but it will not likely be a vaccine you need to get annually. While it is possible that over time additional doses of the vaccine may be needed to provide ongoing protection, it will take further evaluation to understand how long the vaccine protection lasts.

Is there live COVID-19 virus in the vaccine?
None of the COVID-19 vaccines under development use the live virus that cause COVID-19. Similar to other vaccinations, people can experience normal side effects, such as fever and body aches, but it is a sign their body is building immunity.

If I had COVID-19, do I still need the vaccine?
There is not enough information currently available to say if, or for how long, after infection someone has natural immunity and is protected from getting COVID-19 again. Early evidence suggests natural immunity from COVID-19 may not last very long, but more studies are needed to better understand this. At this point, the CDC and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommend that people who had COVID-19 should still receive the vaccine.