COVID-19 vaccine and what you need to know
Harveys will announce when our pharmacy is able to administer the COVID-19 vaccine. Our pharmacists are experienced in safely providing regular vaccines, such as flu, shingles and pneumonia. As always, we follow all CDC and state recommended guidelines. Vaccines will be administered by appointment only. To save time, download our consent form now.
Who can get the COVID-19 vaccine
Your state health department determines who is eligible to get vaccinated.
The CDC has implemented a phased approach to vaccine distribution. The charts below help explain their plan.
- Healthcare personnel such as, nurses and nursing assistants, pharmacist, phlebotomist, physicians, technicians, dentist, therapist. Click here for a more extensive list.
- Long-term care facility residents making sure long-term care facility residents are vaccinated as soon as possible will help save lives of those who are most at risk of dying from COVID-19.
- Frontline essential workers such as firefighters, police officers, corrections officers, food and agricultural workers, U.S. postal service, grocery store workers, public transit workers, and those who work in the educational sector.
- People aged 75 and older that are at high risk of hospitalization, illness, and death from COVID-19.
- People aged 65 through 75 that are at high risk of hospitalization, illness, and death from COVID-19.
- People aged 16 through 64 with underlying health conditions increase the risk of serious, life threatening complications from COVID-19.
- Other essential workers, such as people who work in transportation and logistics, food service, housing, construction, finance, information technology, communications, energy, law, media, public safety, and public health.
If you fall into one of these groups, we recommend contacting your public health department for more information.
Check here for frequent updates on COVID-19 vaccine distribution.
Additional COVID-19 resources
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More information on the COVID-19 vaccine
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Harveys vaccine FAQs
The goal for Operation Warp Speed is to deliver safe vaccines that work, with the first supply becoming available before the end of 2020.
Currently, two vaccines are authorized and recommended to prevent COVID-19 in the United States. To help guide decisions about how to distribute limited initial supplies of COVID-19 vaccine, the CDC and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices have published recommendations for who should be vaccinated first. Supplies will increase over time. The goal is for everyone to be able to easily get a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as large quantities are available. However, a COVID-19 vaccine may not be available for young children until more studies are completed.
Because the U.S. supply of COVID-19 vaccine is expected to be limited at first, the CDC is providing recommendations to federal, state, and local governments about who should be vaccinated first. The CDC’s recommendations are based on those from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), an independent panel of medical and public health experts. While the CDC makes recommendations for who should be offered COVID-19 vaccine first, each state has its own plan for deciding who will be vaccinated first and how they can receive vaccines. Please contact your local health department for more information on COVID-19 vaccination in your area.
As a preferred retail partner in the fight against COVID-19, Harveys will administer free Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to eligible recipients through the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program.
Yes. The CDC recommends that during the pandemic people wear a mask that covers their nose and mouth when in contact with others outside your household, when in healthcare facilities, and when receiving any vaccine, including a COVID-19 vaccine. Anyone who has trouble breathing or is unable to remove a mask without assistance should not wear a mask. For more information, visit considerations for wearing masks.
All the COVID-19 vaccines being used have gone through rigorous studies to ensure they are as safe as possible. Systems that allow CDC to watch for safety issues are in place across the entire country.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Emergency Use Authorizations for COVID-19 vaccines that have been shown to meet rigorous safety criteria and be effective as determined by data from the manufacturers and findings from large clinical trials. Watch a video describing the emergency use authorization . Clinical trials for all vaccines must first show they meet rigorous criteria for safety and effectiveness before any vaccine, including COVID-19 vaccines, can be authorized or approved for use. The known and potential benefits of a COVID-19 vaccine must outweigh the known and potential risks of the vaccine. Learn more about how federal partners are ensuring the safety of COVID-19 vaccines in the United States.
The CDC and FDA encourage the public to report possible side effects (called adverse events) to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). This national system collects these data to look for adverse events that are unexpected, appear to happen more often than expected, or have unusual patterns of occurrence. Learn about the difference between a vaccine side effect and an adverse event. Reports to VAERS help the CDC monitor the safety of vaccines. Safety is a top priority. Healthcare providers will be required to report certain adverse events following vaccination to VAERS. Healthcare providers also have to adhere to any revised safety reporting requirements according to FDA’s conditions of authorized use throughout the duration of any Emergency Use Authorization; these requirements would be posted on FDA’s website.
The CDC is also implementing a new smartphone-based tool called v-safe to check-in on people’s health after they receive a COVID-19 vaccine. When you receive your vaccine, you should also receive a v-safe information sheet telling you how to enroll in v-safe. If you enroll, you will receive regular text messages directing you to surveys where you can report any problems or adverse reactions you have after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine.
A flu vaccine will not protect you from getting COVID-19, but it can prevent you from getting influenza (flu) at the same time as COVID-19. This can keep you from having a more severe illness. While it’s not possible to say with certainty what will happen in the winter, the CDC believes it’s likely that flu viruses and the virus that causes COVID-19 will both be spreading during that time. That means that getting a flu vaccine is more important than ever. More flu vaccine information https://www.harveyssupermarkets.com/pharmacy/flu-season.
Please note: You should not get a COVID-19 vaccine and a flu vaccine at the same time. COVID-19 vaccines should be given alone with at least 14 days either before or after you get any other vaccines, including a flu vaccine. This is because there is currently limited information on the safety and effectiveness of getting other vaccines at the same time as a COVID-19 vaccine. As more information becomes available, this recommendation may change. Your healthcare provider can help you decide the best vaccination schedule for you and your family.
COVID-19 vaccines help our bodies develop immunity to the virus that causes COVID-19 without us having to get the illness. Different types of vaccines work in different ways to offer protection, but with all types of vaccines, the body is left with a supply of “memory” T-lymphocytes as well as B-lymphocytes that will remember how to fight that virus in the future. It typically takes a few weeks for the body to produce T-lymphocytes and B-lymphocytes after vaccination. Therefore, it is possible that a person could be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 just before or just after vaccination and then get sick because the vaccine did not have enough time to provide protection. Sometimes after vaccination, the process of building immunity can cause symptoms, such as fever. These symptoms are normal and are a sign that the body is building immunity. More information on how the vaccine works here.
Vaccine doses will be given to the American people at no cost. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG), and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) are warning the public about several emerging fraud schemes related to COVID-19 vaccines. If you believe you have been the victim of a COVID-19 fraud, immediately report it to the FBI (ic3.gov, tips.fbi.gov, or 1-800-CALL-FBI) or HHS OIG (tips.hhs.gov or 1-800-HHS-TIPS)
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- Healthcare personnel with direct patient contact (refers to all paid and unpaid persons serving in healthcare settings who have the potential for direct or indirect exposure to patients or infectious materials, including body substances (e.g., blood, tissue, and specific body fluids); contaminated medical supplies, devices, and equipment; contaminated environmental surfaces; or contaminated air. HCP include, but are not limited to, emergency medical service personnel, nurses, nursing assistants, home healthcare personnel, physicians, technicians, therapists, phlebotomists, pharmacists, students and trainees).
- Residents and staff of long-term health care facilities, and
- Adults aged 65 years and older