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. The COVID-19 vaccine is available at Wegmans during normal pharmacy hours, no appointment needed, while supplies last. Appointments may be reserved in advance at www.wegmans.com/pharmacy.

NEW: While the Pfizer booster was authorized by the Food and Drug Administration on Friday for individuals 65 years of age and older and individuals at high risk of severe COVID-19, the booster must also be recommended by the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) before we can start administering it. Once the CDC makes its recommendation, all Wegmans Pharmacy locations will offer the Pfizer COVID-19 booster to eligible individuals, who will need to schedule an appointment with us.

Who’s Eligible
The CDC is currently recommending that individuals 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

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 age 12 and older are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. The Pfizer vaccine is the only vaccine authorized for patients age 12 and up. Individuals under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

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.

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.