COVID-19 Vaccines: What You Need to Know

Wegmans has partnered with state and local government officials to offer the COVID-19 vaccine in New York State, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Maryland and Virginia. Wegmans is offering the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and J&J/Janssen vaccines and booster shots to eligible individuals by appointment only – www.wegmans.com/pharmacy.

New:  The CDC now recommends COVID-19 vaccines in children under 5 years of age. Wegmans pharmacies will be administering these doses to children 3 years and older. Wegmans is carrying the Moderna Pediatric COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 3 and 4 at all locations in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Massachusetts, Virginia and New Jersey and in select locations in New York.

Who’s Eligible – First Booster Dose

Booster doses for people who are not moderately or severely immunocompromised:

  • Individuals 18 years and older who received the J&J/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine can receive a Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, or J&J booster at least two months after their primary vaccine.
  • Individuals 5 to 11 years old who received Pfizer-BioNTech as their primary vaccine are eligible to receive a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 booster shot at least five months after completion of their primary series.
  • Individuals 12 to 17 years old who received Pfizer-BioNTech as their primary vaccine are eligible to receive a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 booster shot at least five months after the completion of their primary series.
  • Individuals 18 years and older who received Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna as their primary vaccine are eligible to receive a Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech or J&J/Janssen COVID-19 booster shot at least five months after the completion of their primary series.
  • Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna (mRNA vaccines) are preferred by CDC for the booster dose.

Booster doses for people who are moderately or severely immunocompromised:

  • Moderately to severely immunocompromised individuals 5 to 11 years old who received Pfizer-BioNTech as their primary series are recommended to receive a booster dose at least 3 months after completion of their primary series.
  • Moderately to severely immunocompromised individuals 12 years and older who received an mRNA vaccine primary series (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) are recommended to receive a booster dose at least 3 months after the third dose in the primary series, preferably with an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine
  • Moderately to severely immunocompromised individuals 18 years and older who received J&J/Janssen COVID-19 primary dose are recommended to receive a booster dose at least 2 months after the second (additional) dose of an mRNA vaccine

Who’s Eligible – Second Booster Dose

  • Individuals 50 years and older may choose to receive a second booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at least four months after the first booster dose.
  • Individuals 18 to 49 years old who received J&J/Janssen as both their primary and booster doses may receive a second booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at least four months after the first booster dose.
  • Individuals 12 years and older who are moderately or severely immunocompromised may choose to receive a second booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 at least four months after the first booster dose.

Schedule an Appointment
Appointments for a COVID-19 vaccine or booster shot must be reserved in advance. Customers can schedule an appointment by visiting Wegmans.com/pharmacy. Please have your insurance card available when scheduling your appointment.

What to Bring
You must bring your COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card or other proof of vaccination if you did not receive your initial vaccination at Wegmans. It is recommended to bring a photo ID and your insurance card. Proof of qualifying condition is not required. Patients will be asked to self-attest to current CDC eligibility at time of vaccine appointment.

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.

Who’s Eligible
The CDC is currently recommending that individuals 5 years and older who are moderately to severely immunocompromised receive an additional dose. This includes people who have:

  • Been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood
  • Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  • Received a stem cell transplant within the last two years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  • Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
  • Advanced or untreated HIV infection
  • Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune system

The Pfizer vaccine is the only vaccine authorized for patients age 5 – 17.

When to Get the Third Dose
The CDC recommends the additional dose (from the same manufacturer of the original vaccine received) of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine be administered at least 28 days after a second dose of Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines.

Schedule an Appointment
To schedule an appointment, visit wegmans.com/pharmacy. You do not need a Wegmans online account to sign up for a vaccination. Please have your insurance card available when scheduling your appointment.

What to Bring
You must bring your COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card or other proof of vaccination if you did not receive your initial two-dose series at Wegmans. It is recommended to bring a photo ID and your insurance card. While proof of eligibility is not required, you will be asked to self-attest that you are eligible for a third dose at the time of your vaccination.

For general COVID-19 vaccine and third dose questions, please refer to the FAQ section below.

Who’s Eligible

  • Individuals ages 3 and 4 are eligible to receive a COVID-19 pediatric vaccine at Wegmans Pharmacy. For this age group, we are offering the Moderna pediatric vaccine.
  • Individuals age 5 and older are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. We are offering the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 – 11 and 12 – 17.

Individuals under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

*Individuals looking for a COVID-19 pediatric vaccine for children ages 6 months to 2 years old should contact their pediatrician.

Schedule an Appointment
To schedule an appointment, visit wegmans.com/pharmacy. You do not need a Wegmans online account to sign up for a vaccination. Please have your insurance card available when scheduling your appointment.

At the time of your first dose, the pharmacy team will schedule your second dose appointment, if applicable.

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

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.

COVID-19 Vaccine for Ages 5 to 11

Is the vaccine for this age group different from the adult vaccine?
Yes. Children ages 5 through 11 years receive an age-appropriate dose that is one-third of the adult dose of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. Smaller needles, designed specifically for children, are also used for children ages 5 through 11 years.

What side effects might my child experience after receiving the vaccine?
Similar to the side effects of the adult vaccine, children may experience pain, redness, or swelling on the arm where they get the shot. They may also experience tiredness, headache, muscle pain, chills, fever, or nausea.

COVID-19 Booster Shots

Can I get my COVID-19 booster shot at Wegmans if my initial vaccination was somewhere else?
Yes. Any eligible individual can receive a COVID-19 booster shot at Wegmans. If you did not receive your primary vaccination at Wegmans, you must bring your COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card or other proof of vaccination.

Should everyone get a COVID-19 booster shot?
At this time, individuals age 18 years and older may receive a booster dose six months after completing the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna primary seasons, and two months after receiving the J&J/Janssen vaccine.

Are you allowing customers to take the “mix-and-match” approach?
Yes. Eligible individuals may choose which vaccine they receive as a booster dose. Please see the “COVID-19 Booster Shots” section above for current mix-and-match eligibility rules.

How do the side effects of the additional dose compare to the previous two doses?
The side effects of the additional dose are similar to those of the prior two doses.

Third Dose for Immunocompromised Individuals

Why do some immunocompromised people need an additional dose?
Studies have shown a reduced immune response and reduced vaccine effectiveness in these individuals. Furthermore, they have a higher rate of infection even after vaccination compared to the general population.

What if I received the single dose Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccination and I am immunocompromised?
Currently, there is insufficient data to support the use of an additional dose in those who received the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccination and are immunocompromised. The FDA and CDC are working to provide more guidance on this issue.

COVID-19 Vaccine

Can I get a COVID-19 vaccine and flu vaccine at the same time?
Yes, you can get a COVID-19 vaccine and other vaccines at the same visit. You no longer need to wait 14 days between vaccinations.

How do the side effects of the additional dose compare to the previous two doses?
The side effects of the additional dose are similar to those of the prior two doses.

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.