COVID-19 Vaccines: What You Need to Know
01/14/2021 · Newsroom Highlight
Updated at 1:30 p.m.
Wegmans has partnered with state and local government officials to offer the COVID-19 vaccine at select pharmacy locations in New York State. We are working to expand our ability to administer the vaccine in additional states, and we will provide updates on this page as they become available.
New York State: Covid-19 Vaccine Availability
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 in Rochester, Buffalo, and Syracuse
Who’s Eligible in NYS
Additional customer and employee categories are eligible to receive the vaccine in phases 1a and 1b in NYS (full list here), however the state has directed Wegmans to only vaccinate the groups listed above. We will expand our list of eligible groups as NYS updates its guidance for us.
Wegmans Locations Offering the Vaccine
Currently, with a limited supply available to us, nine upstate New York Wegmans Pharmacy locations are participating in the administration of the vaccine. As more vaccine becomes available, we hope to expand the populations we’re able to serve, as well as the number of stores offering the vaccine. The participating locations include:
- Rochester: Eastway, Pittsford, Chili-Paul, Mt. Read, East Avenue
- Buffalo: Alberta Drive, Sheridan Drive
- Syracuse: Fairmount, Dewitt
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. Once your timeslot is secured, customers must bring a photo ID to their 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. This line will only be active when appointments are available.
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.
- Second Dose Appointments – At the time of your first dose, the pharmacy team will schedule your second appointment.
- 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.
Frequently Asked Questions: COVID-19 Vaccine
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.
We encourage you to submit additional questions to [email protected] We will do our best to answer those most frequently asked and update this page as more information becomes available.