COVID-19 Vaccines at Giant Eagle Pharmacy

Who can get it? When? And all the latest updates and announcements.

COVID-19 Vaccine at Giant Eagle Pharmacy

Scheduling Your Vaccine Appointment


All patients MUST schedule an appointment. No walk-ins will be permitted.*


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Vaccine supply and appointments are limited. We thank you for your patience as we work to make as many appointments available as possible.

If you’d like to receive text message updates, sign up by texting VACCINE to 737587.

If you cannot use the online scheduling tool due to lack of technology or physical impairment, please call your local Giant Eagle Pharmacy for appointment availability.

*To schedule a vaccination appointment, individuals must be currently eligible to receive the vaccine. Eligibility is determined by the vaccine distribution phase as defined by state and local health departments. Valid photo ID is required at the time of vaccination.

 

When Can I Get Vaccines?


Last updated 3/4/2021

Vaccines are by appointment only. All initial COVID-19 vaccine distributions are under the control of the United States Government, and through its partnerships with local and state health departments.

Phases vary by state and/or county. We recommend you refer to your local health department for the latest information on phases and eligibility. However, as we receive specific COVID-19 vaccine release dates and phase details for your state, we will post updated information from the state and local health officials.

Giant Eagle Pharmacy is also conducting large vaccination clinics in some areas. Please check for a vaccination clinic near you. Eligible patients will be able to schedule an appointment for the specific clinic directly.

Pennsylvania Update
As of 1/28/2021, the COVID-19 vaccine is now approved to be administered to patients 65 years and older plus those 16 - 64-years old with high risk conditions. Vaccines are by appointment only. Appointments are limited and based on vaccine supply we receive from state and local health officials. As we receive vaccines, we will open more appointments. We appreciate your patience as you look for appointment availability. If you do not meet the requirements, we are unable to provide you the vaccine.

Ohio Update
The next phase of eligibility, beginning March 4, 2021, includes expanded eligibility for Ohioans based upon age. Because the risk of more severe reactions and outcomes of COVID-19 increases with age, Phase 2 will begin with individuals age 60 and older.

Also, the next phase of eligibility, beginning March 4, 2021, includes Ohioans at increased risk for serious illness from COVID-19 disease due to medical conditions, as well as others in certain occupations. Vaccinations for Phase 1C will begin on Thursday, March 4, 2021.

This phase will focus on:

  • Individuals who have specified medical conditions (listed below) that may increase their risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19. The new qualifying conditions are not already covered through Ohio’s age-based approach to vaccine eligibility.
  • Ohioans who work in certain occupations, including child care services, funeral services, and law enforcement and correction services.

MEDICAL CONDITIONS AND WOMEN WHO ARE PREGNANT
Approximately 141,000 Ohioans with the following conditions will be eligible to receive the vaccine.

  • People with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
  • Bone marrow transplant recipients.
    • These are sometimes also called hematopoietic cell or stem cell transplants, and these patients are undergoing treatment primarily for cancer and certain anemias, and they face an increased risk of severe COVID-19 illness.
    • This group does NOT include the kind of stem-cell injections people might receive for the treatment of orthopedic problems, especially for their knees.
  • People with type 1 diabetes.
  • Pregnant women.

OCCUPATIONS

  • Child care services: Staff members at child care centers and pre-kindergarten programs who have regular, ongoing direct contact with children enrolled in these programs will be eligible. There are approximately 40,400 Ohioans eligible in this category.
      Administrators, lead and assistant teachers, and substitute teachers enrolled in Ohio’s Professional Registry who are currently working in open child care or pre-kindergarten programs.
      Licensing specialists employed by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services or a county job and family services agency.
      Licensing specialists employed by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services or a county job and family services agency.
  • Funeral services: This group includes licensed staff, and active apprentices in the funeral services industry. There are approximately 3,600 Ohioans eligible in this category.
    • Embalmers/morticians.
    • Funeral home directors.
    • Crematory operators.
    • Apprentices.
  • Law enforcement and corrections officers: There are approximately 76,000 Ohioans eligible in this category.
    • This group includes sworn law enforcement officers and peace officers who have first responder or direct supervisory responsibilities. These individuals must be active duty, working a regular minimum of 20 hours a week.

Examples of included individuals:

  • Police officers.
  • Sheriff’s deputies.
  • Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers.
  • Special jurisdiction officers: Other state or federal enforcement officers such as Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) enforcement staff, pharmacy board investigators, BCI agents, state fire marshal investigators, federal transportation security officers, and other federal law enforcement officers who do not have access to vaccination from federal sources.

As of 2/15/2021, the COVID-19 vaccine is now approved to be administered to patients in Phase 1B including patients 65 years and older OR Ohioans born with or who have early childhood conditions that are carried into adulthood, which put them at higher risk for adverse outcomes due to COVID-19. The following group of Ohioans, even though they are not age 65 or older, are eligible because they were born with or developed in childhood a severe condition that puts them at very high risk for dying from COVID-19.

The qualifying conditions are:

  • Sickle cell anemia.
  • Down syndrome.
  • Cystic fibrosis.
  • Muscular dystrophy.
  • Cerebral palsy.
  • Spina bifida.
  • People born with severe heart defects, requiring regular specialized medical care.
  • People with severe type 1 diabetes, who have been hospitalized for this condition in the past year.
  • Phenylketonuria (PKU), Tay-Sachs, and other rare, inherited metabolic disorders.
  • Epilepsy with continuing seizures; hydrocephaly; microcephaly, and other severe neurological disorders.
  • Turner syndrome, fragile X syndrome, Prader-Willi syndrome, and other severe genetic disorders.
  • People with severe asthma, who have been hospitalized for this condition in the past year.
  • Alpha and beta thalassemia.
  • Solid organ transplant candidates and recipients.

Vaccines are by appointment only. Appointments are limited and based on vaccine supply we receive from state and local health officials. As we receive vaccines, we will open more appointments. We appreciate your patience as you look for appointment availability. If you do not meet the requirements, we are unable to provide you the vaccine.

 

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Where Can I Get COVID-19 Vaccines?


Your neighborhood Giant Eagle Pharmacy will administer the vaccine by appointment once it’s available as defined in the phased approach provided by the United States Government, CDC, and local health departments.

What You Need to Know About COVID-19 Vaccines


COVID-19 is caused by the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. Patients may contract COVID-19 from respiratory droplets from another person infected with the virus. COVID-19 symptoms may include fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, fatigue, headache, congestion, body aches, new loss of smell or taste, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.

As COVID-19 vaccines become available, Giant Eagle Pharmacy is prepared to make this protection available to you and your family as part of our ongoing commitment to keeping communities safe and healthy.

Currently, ACIP (Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices) advised two COVID-19 vaccines be recommended for use under an Emergency Use Authorization:

  • Persons 16 years of age and older for Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine
  • Persons 18 years of age an older for Moderna COVID-19 vaccine

COVID-19 vaccines require two doses, scheduled several weeks apart, for maximum efficacy. Eligibility is determined by state and local health departments in accordance with federal guidelines.

How Will the Vaccine Be Administered?


Giant Eagle Pharmacists are all certified to administer immunizations. When you arrive at the Pharmacy, please go directly to the drop-off window for your appointment. You must wear a mask/face covering and adhere to social distancing as you wait to receive your vaccination.


In order to get your vaccine as quickly and efficiently as possible, please have the following information ready when you arrive:

  • Proof of date of birth (ex: license or government ID) or occupation (ex: company issued badge or state/professional license).
  • Insurance cards including Medicare Part B, Pharmacy and Medical Coverage.

How Much Does the COVID-19 Vaccine Cost?


Vaccines will be $0 for most patients, depending on insurance coverage. Some patients will have a copay. Please provide your insurance information at the time of vaccination.

Scheduling Your Second Dose


COVID-19 vaccines are a two-dose series. For a two-dose vaccine to be fully effective, it is important that both doses are given at the correct time.

 

An appointment will be required for your second dose approximately three to four weeks after your first dose.

The Pharmacy team will provide you with your second dose appointment day and time prior to leaving the Pharmacy after your first dose.

Frequently Asked Questions


We know you have questions about the COVID-19 vaccines. To help you stay informed, here’s what we know so far. We’ll update you with the latest information as soon as we can.

CDC Frequently Asked Questions
For more information on vaccine development, availability, and other frequently asked questions, please consult the Centers for Disease Control or your state health department.

 

Please arrive at your scheduled vaccine appointment on time. Arriving late could result in the need to reschedule your appointment. COVID-19 vaccine supply is limited and determined by state and local health officials. We are only able to make appointments available based on the vaccines provided.

Yes, the CDC is providing immunization cards and Giant Eagle will give one to every person who receives a vaccination.

No, mRNA vaccines do not contain active SARs-CoV-2 virus and cannot give you COVID-19.

Patients should receive the second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine after 21 days and the Moderna vaccine after 28 days.

The second dose should be given as soon as possible after the minimum dosing window. Dose 1 does not need to be repeated.

This is currently unknown. Both doses of each vaccine are required for protection.

No, vaccines are not interchangeable. The COVID-19 vaccine series should be initiated and completed with the same product.

No, the safety and efficacy of coadministration has not been evaluated. There should be a minimum interval of 14 days before and after receiving the COVID-19 vaccination and any other vaccination.

Patients with current infection should wait until full recovery from acute illness and isolation period has ended. There is no minimum interval between infection and vaccination.

Patients with a previous infection may be vaccinated with no minimum interval between infection and vaccination.

Patients with known exposure in congregate healthcare or living settings may get vaccinated. Patients in outpatient or community settings should get vaccinated after a quarantine period has ended.

These patients may receive the COVID-19 vaccination. Patients should be counseled about the unknown safety and efficacy profiles for their population, potential for reduced immune responses, and to continue to follow all current guidelines for COVID-19 prevention.

We are not providing a $5 reward to patients for either dose (dose 1 or dose 2) of the COVID-19 vaccine since the vaccine is subsidized through the government.