Who can get it? When? And all the latest updates and announcements.
All patients MUST schedule an appointment. No walk-ins will be permitted.*
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.
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.
As of 3/5/2021, 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. Plus, in support of President Biden’s Executive Order, PreK-12 teachers and school staff are now eligible. School staff is any PreK-12 school employees, contractors, or independent consultants that typically interact with students in a school setting during the regular school day, including teachers, classroom support staff, early childhood education (ECE) professionals employed by the school entity, school administrators, bus drivers, cafeteria workers, school nurses, speech/occupational therapists, custodians, and other school employees. 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.
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:
MEDICAL CONDITIONS AND WOMEN WHO ARE PREGNANT
Approximately 141,000 Ohioans with the following conditions will be eligible to receive the vaccine.
Examples of included individuals:
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:
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.
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.
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:
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.