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COVID-19 Vaccine

COVID-19 Vaccination frequently asked questions (FAQ)

What role will Neergaard Pharmacy have in administering COVID-19 vaccinations?

Neergaard Pharmacy is pleased to be among the many pharmacies and healthcare organizations around the nation who are planning to receive COVID-19 vaccines authorized for general use. Neergaard Pharmacy is prepared to play an integral role in administering COVID-19 vaccinations to health care workers as well as the general public once the vaccine is available for general distribution through our partnership with the Center for Disease Control (CDC) as one of the COVID-19 Vaccination Program Providers. 

With both the CDC and FDA endorsing the validity and efficacy of this vaccine, Neergaard Pharmacy looks forward to doing our part to help lead our community out of this pandemic. We want you to know that we at Neergaard Pharmacy are working on putting systems in place to allow us to safely vaccinate our patients and community members, starting with those at the highest risk.

Neergaard Pharmacy is one of the official COVID-19 Vaccination Program Providers. As a result, once the COVID-19 vaccine is authorized by the FDA and available, the federal government will make a supply of the publicly funded vaccine available to Neergaard Pharmacy for administration in accordance with federal and medical guidelines. Through this partnership, Neergaard Pharmacy will receive vaccine supplies to administer the vaccine in accordance with federal guidelines. Neergaard Pharmacy will play an integral role in providing access to COVID-19 vaccines once the vaccine is available. 

We understand that you may have questions about the vaccine, such as when you can expect to receive it, side effects, and precautions to take after receiving each dose. We are in the early stages of planning, and while we may not be able to answer all your questions, please know we are committed to keeping you informed. Below, please find a FAQ about the vaccine that may help answer some of your questions. 

Who is eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccination?

In accordance with federal and state guidelines, first shipments of the vaccine will be administered to front-line staff who are at the highest risk for exposure. Neergaard Pharmacy will receive a supply of COVID-19 vaccine and necessary supplies for administration once the vaccine is authorized and available.This supply of vaccines will be used to provide vaccinations to patients consistent with the priorities for vaccination established by the government. 

When will Neergaard Pharmacy begin offering the COVID-19 vaccine?

Once a COVID-19 vaccine (or vaccines) is available to Neergaard Pharmacy, we will work rapidly to make vaccinations available for administration in accordance with government and medical guidelines. There is no need to call your provider at this time. We are working with the CDC and other public health officials to establish plans to make the vaccine available to our patients ove the coming weeks and months. 

Which vaccines will be offered? Will there be more than one type?

The Pfizer vaccine will be the first one released, followed by the Moderna vaccine. Initial supplies will be limited. The type of vaccine made available to Neergaard Pharmacy will be determined by the government's allocation system. 

The vaccine will require two doses: for the Pfizer vaccine, the second dose is given 21 days after initial vaccination; and for the Moderna vaccine, the second dose is given 28 days after the initial vaccination. Both doses are required for the vaccine to be effective, and both doses must be of the same brand. 

What processes are in place to manage and ensure appropriate booster dose administration (depending on the authorized vaccine)?

Patients will be required to make an appointment for their initial dose online through our scheduling program. The patient will receive follow-up reminders to get the second dose, when applicable. 

Is getting the COVID-19 vaccine safe?

Neergaard Pharmacy COVID-19 vaccination services will be conducted in compliance with CDC's Guidance for Immunization Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic for Safe Delivery of Vaccines. Neergaard Pharmacy will only be administering vaccines that have been approved for emergency use by the FDA.

Is getting the COVID-19 vaccine similar to getting a flu vaccine?

Yes, the process will be very similar to receiving the flu vaccine. Neergaard Pharmacy has many years of experience in safely administering vaccines, including thousands of flu shots every year. 

 

In the meantime, please stay safe. Continue to wear a mask, practice social distancing and wash your hands. As your neighborhood pharmacy, we assure you that we will get through this together. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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