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

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.

There are currently four vaccines:

FDA Approved COVID-19 Vaccines

  • Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine

COVID-19 Vaccines for Authorized Emergency Use

  • Pfizer-BioNTech Pediatric (5-11) COVID-19 vaccine
  • Moderna COVID-19 vaccine
  • Janssen COVID-19 vaccine

Please note that the CDC currently prefers the use of Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines over Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine.

Your COVID-19 Vaccine Options


Health is the most important thing for all of us. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine to help keep yourself, your family and your neighbors healthy should be easy. At Giant Eagle Pharmacy, you now have a variety of convenient options to get this crucial protection.

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   Pfizer (age 12+ years)
Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for adults and adolescents can be administered to patients 12+ years of age. It can be administered for Dose 1 and Dose 2. It can be administered as Dose 3 to immunocompromised patients. It can also be administered as a booster dose for patients 12+ years of age. This vaccine is available at most Giant Eagle Pharmacy locations.

   Pfizer Pediatric (age 5-11 years)
Pfizer Pediatric COVID-19 vaccine can be administered to patients 5-11 years of age. It can be administered for Dose 1 and Dose 2. It can be administered as Dose 3 to immunocompromised patients. This vaccine is available at select locations. Visit our appointment scheduler to search for appointment availability for this vaccine.

   Moderna (age 18+ years)
Moderna COVID-19 vaccine can be administered to patients 18+ years of age. It can be administered for Dose 1 and Dose 2. It can be administered as Dose 3 to immunocompromised patients. It can also be administered as a booster dose. This vaccine is available at most Giant Eagle Pharmacy locations.

   Johnson and Johnson (age 18+ years)

Please note that the CDC currently prefers the use of Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines over Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine.

Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine can be administered to individuals 18+ years of age. It can be administered as Dose 1. It can also be administered as a booster dose. This vaccine is available at select locations. Call your local Giant Eagle Pharmacy for availability of this vaccine.

See below for additional information on who is eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccines.



Please bring the following to your visit.

  • Completed Vaccine Administration Form
  • Insurance card (including Medicare Part B, Pharmacy or Medical Coverage cards)
  • Mask or face covering

Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccine


Pfizer Pediatric COVID-19 vaccine can be administered to patients 5-11 years of age. It is administered as two doses, given 3 weeks apart.

This vaccine is a different vaccine product than the original adult and adolescent Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. The supply is currently limited but is available at select locations. Visit our appointment scheduler to search for appointment availability for this vaccine.

Covid-19 Booster


Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine boosters are available for patients 12-17 years of age who:

  • Received dose two (or dose three, if they are immunocompromised) of their initial Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine series at least 5 months ago

Mix and Match COVID-19 vaccine boosters are available for patients 18+ years of age who:

  • Received their initial dose of Janssen COVID-19 vaccine at least 2 months ago
  • Received dose two (or dose three, if they are immunocompromised) of their initial Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine series at least 5 months ago
  • Received dose two (or dose three, if they are immunocompromised) of their initial Moderna COVID-19 vaccine series at least 5 months ago

Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine boosters are also available for patients who are 12+ years of age who:

  • Received the recommended doses of certain COVID-19 vaccines not approved or authorized by FDA at least 5 months ago

When to Get a Booster

If you meet the criteria above, you can check to see when to get your 5-month booster shot.

COVID-19 Vaccine Additional Dose Information


The CDC has approved an additional dose of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for individuals who are moderately or severely immunocompromised. The additional COVID-19 vaccine must be the same manufacturer as the first and second COVID-19 vaccines (Example: If you had Pfizer for your first two doses, you would need to receive an additional dose of the Pfizer vaccine). The additional dose can be administered at least 28 days after you received your second dose.

Moderately and severely immunocompromised people include:

  • 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 2 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 response

For each COVID-19 vaccine authorized under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires that vaccine recipients or their caregivers are provided with certain vaccine-specific EUA information to help make an informed decision about vaccination. Below are the EUA’s of the currently approved vaccines that will be administered.

COVID-19 Moderna Vaccine EUA Fact Sheet for Recipients

COVID-19 Pfizer Adult and Adolescent (12+) Vaccine EUA Fact Sheet for Recipients

COVID-19 Janssen Vaccine EUA Fact Sheet for Recipients

COVID-19 Pfizer Pediatric (5-11) Vaccine EUA Fact Sheet for Recipients

COVID-19 Pfizer Vaccine Booster EUI Fact Sheet for Recipients

How to Get Your Electronic Vaccine Record


 

Step 1

Text “record” to 1-844-590-0015

Step 2

Save your information on your phone by taking a screenshot, or to your Apple Wallet or Google Pay

Step 3

Share the QR code with others to confirm your COVID-19 vaccination information

If you receive an “unable to validate” message, please contact Giant Eagle Pharmacy at 1-877-345-7467 from 9:00 a.m to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. If we are able to successfully find your records based on the information you provided, you will receive a link to your COVID-19 vaccine details.

* Standard text and data rates may apply. See your plan for details.

Who's Eligible for the Vaccine?


All Individuals 18 years of age and older can receive the Moderna or Janssen COVID-19 vaccine. Individuals 12 years of age and older may receive the Pfizer Adult and Adolescent (12+) COVID-19 vaccine. Individuals 5-11 years of age may receive the Pfizer Pediatric (5-11 years) COVID-19 vaccine. If you are under 18 years of age, you must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Talk to your Pharmacist to determine which vaccine is best for you. Please note that the CDC currently prefers the use of Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines over Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine.

If you would like to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, you must schedule an appointment at a convenient Giant Eagle Pharmacy location. Pfizer Pediatric COVID-19 vaccine supply is currently limited but is available at select locations. Visit our appointment scheduler to search for appointment availability for this vaccine.

COVID-19 Antivirals


What You Need to Know

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.

Antiviral medications do not prevent illness. Instead, they help the body fight a viral infection by not allowing the virus to continue multiplying. This can, in turn, lead to less severe symptoms and shorter recovery time.

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

There are currently two antiviral treatments that have been Authorized for Emergency Use by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

  • Pfizer Paxlovid
  • Merck Molnupiravir

COVID-19 Antiviral Options

The FDA has currently granted two COVID-19 antiviral treatments Emergency Use Authorization. For more information on what that terminology means, please visit the FDA website here: COVID-19 antiviral treatments Emergency Use Authorization

  • Pfizer Paxlovid (for individuals 12 and up)
  • Merck Molnupiravir (for individuals 18 and up)

Who’s eligible for antiviral treatment?

Individuals may be eligible for antiviral treatment if they have tested positive for COVID-19, are within the first 5 days of symptom onset, and are at high risk for progression to severe COVID-19, including hospitalization or death.

Both antiviral treatments may only be prescribed for an individual patient by physician, advanced practice registered nurse, or physician assistants who are licensed or authorized under state law to prescribe anti-infective.

There are currently no approved antiviral treatments for individuals under the age of 12. Pfizer is approved for individuals 12 years of age and older and Merck is approved for individuals 18 years of age and older.

Where is antiviral treatment available?

Due to limited supply across the country, COVID-19 antiviral treatments will be available in a small number of Giant Eagle pharmacies in Pennsylvania. For more information on store availability, please call 1-800-992-1159.

Check Your State’s Latest Guidelines


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.

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.

 

Now you can view your COVID-19 vaccine details electronically, save those details for ready access, and securely share them with others in support of return-to-work, return-to-school, and other activities.

Please allow 24-48 hours for your record to update following your vaccination. To receive your COVID-19 vaccine information, you must be 13 years of age or older, and have received your COVID-19 vaccine at Giant Eagle Pharmacy or a Giant Eagle Pharmacy sponsored COVID-19 vaccine clinic.

How to Get Your Electronic Vaccine Record

Step 1

Text “record” to 1-844-590-0015

Step 2

Save your information on your phone by taking a screenshot, or to your Apple Wallet or Google Pay

Step 3

Share the QR code with others to confirm your COVID-19 vaccination information



If you receive an “unable to validate” message, please contact Giant Eagle Pharmacy at 1-877-345-7467 from 9:00 a.m to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. If we are able to successfully find your records based on the information you provided, you will receive a link to your COVID-19 vaccine details.

* Available for patients 13 years of age and older. Standard text and data rates may apply. See your plan for details.

Nurse giving vaccine to person at a Giant Eagle Pharmacy

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.

Vaccines will be $0 for patients. Please provide your insurance information at the time of vaccination.

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

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

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

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If you need to cancel or change your appointment, please call your local Giant Eagle Pharmacy.

While the CDC generally recommends that a booster be the same vaccine product as the original COVID-19 vaccine that you received, you can choose to get a different vaccine product for your booster if you received a primary series with Janssen, Moderna, or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines. Some patients may only receive a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine booster based on their age (Ex: 12-17 years of age) or what COVID-19 vaccine series they received (Ex: a vaccine received in another country).Please note that the CDC currently prefers the use of Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines over Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine.

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 who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 may choose to receive 2 doses of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at least 21 days apart, 2 doses of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at least 28 days apart, or one dose of Janssen COVID-19 vaccine. After being vaccinated, patients with a weakened immune system can receive a third dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine at least 28 days after they receive their second dose.

Patients 12-17 years of age who received a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine series may receive a booster dose of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at least 5 months after their second dose (or third dose if immunocompromised). Patients 18+ years of age may receive a booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine at least 2 months after their Janssen vaccine dose, at least 5 months after their Pfizer or Moderna second dose (or third dose if immunocompromised). Please note that the CDC currently prefers the use of Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines over Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine. Check with your Pharmacist if you have received certain COVID-19 vaccines outside of the United States or as part of a clinical trial.

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

No, vaccines are not interchangeable for the initial vaccination series. The COVID-19 vaccine series should be initiated and completed with the same product. Booster doses may be a different vaccine product from the initial vaccination. Talk to your Pharmacist if you would like a different vaccine product.

COVID-19 vaccines may be administered without regard to timing of other vaccines. This includes administration of COVID-19 vaccine and other vaccines on the same day. Your Pharmacist may recommend that you receive the vaccines in separate arms.

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.

No, we do not give incentives for COVID-19 Vaccinations.

No, antiviral treatment is given if you have a positive COVID-19 test, whether or not you have been vaccinated. It does not prevent you from getting COVID-19.

Both brands are taken orally. Paxlovid consists of 2 medicines: nirmatrelvir and ritonavir, taken simultaneously: 2 of nirmatrelvir with 1 ritonavir by mouth 2 times each day for 5 days for most patients. Molnupiravir is 4 capsules every 12 hours for 5 days.

In clinical trials, Paxlovid reduced the proportion of people with COVID-19 related hospitalization or death from any cause by 88% compared to placebo and Molnupiravir reduced the risk by 30%.

Both antiviral treatments are currently being offered free of charge. If you have insurance, it may be billed through your provider.

No, the CDC still recommends vaccination.