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COVID-19 Vaccine

The COVID-19 vaccine is available to all people 5 years and older. Bartell’s is currently offering appointments for 1st and 2nd doses of the Pfizer COVID-19, Pediatric Pfizer COVID-19 (for ages 5 – 11) and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, as well as Pfizer boosters for ages 12+ and Moderna and Johnson & Johnson/Janssen boosters for ages 18+. Learn more.

COVID-19 Update: The FDA authorized the use of two oral (pill) treatments for mild-to-moderate cases of COVID-19. Learn More

MAKE AN APPOINTMENT FOR PEDIATRIC PFIZER (ages 5 - 11)

Select Bartell pharmacies have limited appointments for the 1st and 2nd doses of the COVID-19 vaccine for the pediatric Pfizer vaccine for children ages 5 - 11, as well as 3rd doses for children who are immunocompromised.

MAKE AN APPOINTMENT
FOR PFIZER
Vaccine available for ages 12 and up

Select Bartell pharmacies have limited appointments for the 1st and 2nd doses as well as the booster of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at this time. Please select the Pfizer vaccine for children ages 12 and up. The booster for Pfizer is approved for ages 12+ only.

MAKE AN APPOINTMENT
FOR MODERNA
Vaccine available for ages 18 and up

Select Bartell pharmacies have limited appointments for the 1st and 2nd doses as well as the booster of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at this time. Moderna is only available for patients ages 18 and up.

MAKE AN APPOINTMENT
FOR J & J/Janssen
Vaccine available for ages 18 and up

Select Bartell pharmacies have limited appointments for the 1st dose as well as the booster of the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine for patients ages 18 and up at this time.

As of December 16, 2021, the CDC recommends the Moderna and Pfizer mRNA vaccines over the Johnson and Johnson/Janssen viral vector vaccine, due to better effectiveness and safety of the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines. Individuals who are unable or unwilling to receive an mRNA vaccine will continue to have access to the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine at select Bartell’s locations.

N95 Masks Provided Free by U.S. Department of Health
and Human Services

Free N95 Masks Coming Soon
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is providing free adult N95 masks* at Bartell’s stores. Supplies are limited. Please visit the mask table or the pharmacy checkout to receive your free (limit 3 per person) masks while supplies last. No purchase necessary.

*View the Department of Health and Human Services flyer here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What COVID-19 vaccine is Bartell offering?
We are currently administering the Pfizer COVID-19, Moderna COVID-19 and J&J/Janssen vaccines at select locations. Starting on November 5th the pediatric version of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine will be available at select locations. All vaccines we carry are subject to change depending on our allotments and vaccine availability.

What will it cost to get the COVID-19 vaccine?
Individuals will not be charged for the vaccine or its administration. The federal government will pay for the cost of the vaccine. Vaccine providers will be reimbursed for administering the vaccine by the patient’s insurance or by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) program for uninsured patients.

If I am eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, where can I go to schedule an appointment?
If you think you or the recipient are eligible to receive the vaccine, you can make an appointment at select Bartell locations depending on availability listed above.

Beginning November 5, appointments* can be scheduled for children ages 5 – 11 at select Bartell locations.

* Please note: for all minors 5+ receiving a COVID-19 vaccine, they are only eligible to receive a specific vaccine type. Additionally, a parent or guardian must book their appointment and sign a consent form on their behalf, and they must be accompanied by an adult at their vaccination appointment.

Does Bartell Drugs accept walk-in COVID-19 vaccinations?
We are only accepting walk-ins from 2-3pm.

If I’ve scheduled an appointment through Bartell Drugs scheduler, what should I bring with me?
If you have insurance or Medicare, the following items are required and will help make your appointment go faster:

  • All insurance cards, including Medical and Pharmacy
  • If you have multiple insurers, please bring all cards
  • The latest version of your red, white and blue Medicare card
Regardless of insurance or Medicare status, please bring the following to your appointment:
  • Photo ID*
The COVID-19 vaccine is free of cost and available to all, whether you have insurance or are uninsured.

*You will not be turned away if you do not have a photo ID.

I scheduled an appointment through the Bartell Drug scheduler, but never received an email confirmation or I have forgotten my appointment date/time. How do I find out when my appointment is?
Please call the Bartell Drug pharmacy where you scheduled your appointment. The pharmacy staff will be able to use your name to search and locate your appointment date/time.

Do I get to pick which vaccine I receive?
When scheduling an appointment, you can select which vaccine type you prefer (Pfizer or Moderna), but please note that the best vaccine is the one that’s immediately available to you. Vaccine availability varies by location and not all may be available in all areas.

Individuals 12-17 are only currently authorized to receive the Pfizer vaccine, and will only be able to book an appointment for a Pfizer vaccine. Individuals 5-11 are only currently authorized to receive a pediatric version of the Pfizer vaccine, and will only be able to book an appointment for that vaccine type, beginning November 5, 2021.

All vaccines currently available in the United States are effective at preventing COVID-19. Check the CDC’s website for more information.

Can children get the COVID-19 vaccine?
Starting November 5, 2021, eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine opened up to individuals 5+ across the country and Bartell’s is proud to help administer vaccines to all eligible individuals.

There are two sets of authorized vaccines for individuals under 18 years of age. Individuals will only be able to schedule the type of vaccine authorized for their age group:

  • Ages 5-11: a pediatric version of the Pfizer vaccine (only available at select lotions)
  • Ages 12-17: standard Pfizer vaccine (available at select locations)

Please note: for all minors receiving a COVID-19 vaccine, a parent or guardian must book their appointment and sign a consent form on their behalf, and they must be accompanied by an adult at their vaccination appointment.

Can I schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment if I’m under 18?
Individuals 5-11 are authorized for a pediatric version of the Pfizer vaccine – appointments will be available beginning November 5, 2021.

Individuals 12-17 are only authorized for the Pfizer vaccine.

Appointments for customers 5-17 years of age can be booked through our scheduler. Walk-ins are accommodated from 2-3pm only.

For children under 18, a parent or guardian must book the appointment and sign a consent form on their behalf, and they must be accompanied by an adult at their vaccination appointment.

Is the 5-11 COVID-19 vaccine safe for my child?
Yes, the pediatric version of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine that has been authorized for children ages 5-11 has been proven safe and effective.

How should I prepare for my child’s vaccine appointment?
Talk with your child prior to the appointment to help set expectations and walk them through the process. The steps are the same as an adult COVID-19 vaccine, so prepare to have some discomfort during the injection, with possible side effects after.

If I’ve already scheduled my first dose at Bartell Drugs, how do I schedule my second dose appointment?
At your appointment for your first dose, your second dose appointment will be scheduled by the pharmacist for 21-28 days after your first dose was administered if needed. You will receive an email confirmation once the pharmacist books your second dose and you will receive 3 email reminder notifications at 3 days before, 1 day before and 2 hours before your appointment.

I received my first dose of COVID vaccine at another facility, can I get my second or third dose with Bartell Drugs?
Yes, you can get your second or third dose at Bartell’s if you received your first dose at another facility.

Can I get the COVID-19 vaccine at the same time as another vaccine?
The CDC has updated its guidance to allow the co-administration of vaccines with the COVID-19 vaccine. Experience with other vaccines has shown that the way our bodies develop an immune response after getting vaccinated and the possible side effects of vaccines are generally the same when given alone or with other vaccines. If you’d like to get another vaccine along with your COVID-19 vaccine or if you are unsure if you need any other immunizations talk to your pharmacist at your appointment.

Why is there more than one type of COVID-19 vaccine?
In order to develop effective vaccines as quickly as possible, the United States federal government launched a program with the goal of enabling research and development for several different vaccine approaches simultaneously for two key reasons:

  • It was unlikely that all vaccine approaches would be proven effective.
  • Some vaccine technologies require longer developmental timelines.

How do the FDA-authorized vaccines work?
The Moderna and Pfizer FDA-authorized vaccines use mRNA technology to boost your body’s immune response. While COVID-19 may seem new to many of us, researchers have been studying coronaviruses for over 50 years. During this time, they’ve also been learning how mRNA technology can help develop effective vaccines. mRNA can be thought of as a set of instructions that tell your body’s cells how to make proteins.

  • The mRNA vaccine tells your body to make a small, non-infective portion of the outer part of the COVID-19 virus particle called a “spike protein”.
  • This trains your immune system to recognize the virus and your body responds by building antibodies.
  • Later, if you are exposed to the real virus, these antibodies are then able to attack it and prevent you from getting sick. The antibodies’ ability to prevent sickness is what is meant when people say a vaccine provides immunity.

A key benefit of mRNA vaccines is that the process to develop them can be standardized and scaled up more efficiently than other methods, which has been especially important in our response to COVID-19.

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is a viral vector vaccine. Viral vector vaccines use a modified version of a different virus (the vector) to deliver important instructions to our cells. For COVID-19 viral vector vaccines, the vector (not the virus that causes COVID-19, but a different, harmless virus) will enter a cell in our body and then use the cell’s machinery to produce a harmless piece of the virus that causes COVID-19. This piece is known as a spike protein and it is only found on the surface of the virus that causes COVID-19.

The cell displays the spike protein on its surface, and our immune system recognizes it doesn’t belong there. This triggers our immune system to begin producing antibodies and activating other immune cells to fight off what it thinks is an infection.

At the end of the process, our bodies have learned how to protect us against future infection with the virus that causes COVID-19. The benefit is that we get this protection from a vaccine, without ever having to risk the serious consequences of getting sick with COVID-19. Any temporary discomfort experienced after getting the vaccine is a natural part of the process and an indication that the vaccine is working.

There are also two other vaccines that are currently in their Phase 3 large-scale clinical trials.

As of December 16, 2021, the CDC recommends the Moderna and Pfizer mRNA vaccines over the Johnson and Johnson/Janssen viral vector vaccine, due to better effectiveness and safety of the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines. Individuals who are unable or unwilling to receive an mRNA vaccine will continue to have access to the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine at select Bartell’s locations.

How effective are the FDA-authorized vaccines?
All three vaccines have proven to be equally effective at preventing hospitalization and death related to COVID-19. While Moderna and Pfizer require two doses and strict cold storage requirements, the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine only requires one dose and can be kept in regular refrigerators (potentially making transportation and distribution easier). In U.S. trials, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine was 72% effective in preventing symptomatic COVID-19 after one dose. The Pfizer vaccine is 95% effective and the Moderna vaccine is 94.1% effective at preventing symptomatic COVID-19 after two doses. Learn more about the science and effectiveness of FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccines.

Do I need to continue wearing a mask after I get the COVID-19 vaccine?
If you have reached full vaccination (2 weeks after the second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine) then you no longer need to wear a mask in most circumstances, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal or territorial laws or regulations, or local business and workplace guidance. For full context read more on the updated mask guidelines.

Is it safe to get the COVID-19 vaccine?
FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccines have been developed using decades of research and studied in large-scale clinical trials. They are held to the same safety and effectiveness standards as all other vaccines. Individuals are monitored after receiving the vaccine to further ensure safety. The CDC recommends special considerations for some individuals with underlying conditions.

If I have already recovered from COVID-19, do I still need the vaccine?
Yes. There is not enough research yet to know whether your body’s natural immune response to having had COVID-19 will continue to protect you after you recover. In order to limit chances of reinfection, and to help ensure that we stop the spread of COVID-19, it’s important that everyone who is eligible gets the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible.

Are there risks of side effects after getting the COVID-19 vaccine?
It is possible to experience side effects after receiving a vaccine. The most common side effects include pain or swelling in the arm where you get the vaccine, body chills, fever, tiredness or headache. Side effects may feel like flu and even affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days. Here are tips to reduce pain or discomfort if you experience side effects. Please note: If you have received one of two doses of an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine, you will need your 2nd dose for full effectiveness.

Is it possible to be allergic to the vaccine?
Allergic reactions to COVID-19 vaccines are not common, but can happen. You will be monitored for 15 minutes after you get your COVID-19 vaccine dose by a registered health care professional. If you get a COVID-19 vaccine and you think you might be having a severe allergic reaction after leaving the vaccination site, seek immediate medical care by calling 911.

What ingredients are in the COVID-19 vaccine?
FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccines do not contain eggs, preservatives or latex.For a full list of ingredients, please see the fact sheets below:

What percentage of the population needs to get vaccinated to achieve herd immunity?
Herd immunity means that enough people in a community are protected from getting a disease because they’ve already had the disease or they’ve been vaccinated. Experts do not yet know what percentage of people would need to get vaccinated to achieve herd immunity to COVID-19; however, the CDC and other experts are actively studying this and will provide more information as it is available.

If I am pregnant or breastfeeding, can I get the COVID-19 vaccine?
Pregnancy:
While pregnant individuals may be eligible to get the vaccine it’s strongly recommended that you consult your doctor beforehand. At this time, there is limited data about the safety of COVID-19 vaccines for people who are pregnant. Based on how mRNA vaccines work (like Moderna & Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines), experts believe they are unlikely to pose a specific risk for people who are pregnant. However, the actual risks of mRNA vaccines to the pregnant person and her fetus are unknown because these vaccines have not been studied in pregnant women. Viral vector vaccines (like Johnson & Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine) use a modified version of a different virus. Different vaccines that use the same viral vector have been given to pregnant people in all trimesters of pregnancy, including in a large-scale Ebola vaccination trial. No adverse pregnancy-related outcomes, including adverse outcomes that affected the infant, were associated with vaccination in these trials.
Breastfeeding:
Yes, but you may want to consult your doctor. The COVID-19 vaccines authorized now are non-replicating vaccines, meaning they are able to create an immune response but do not reproduce inside host cells. Because non-replicating vaccines pose no risk for lactating people or their infants, COVID-19 vaccines are also thought to not be a risk to the breastfeeding infant. Therefore, lactating people may choose to be vaccinated. However, there is no data on the safety of COVID-19 vaccines in lactating women or on the effects of these vaccines on the breastfed infant or on milk production/excretion at this time. Visit the CDC website for guidance on considerations for pregnant or breastfeeding women.

What should I expect on the day of my dose 1 vaccine visit?
When you get vaccinated, you will receive a fact sheet about the COVID-19 vaccine, as well as information about possible side effects or allergic reactions. Additionally you will receive proof of vaccination for your first dose. Immediately after, you will be monitored on-site for 15-minutes. If you do not experience any reactions that warrant further medical assistance, you will be allowed to leave. If you have access to a smartphone, we recommend that you sign up for V-safe, the CDC After Vaccination Health Checker tool.

What should I expect on the day of my dose 2 vaccine visit?
Your dose 2 visit will follow the same procedure as your dose 1 visit. Please bring your proof of vaccination card with you that you received at your first appointment so the pharmacist can complete your proof of vaccination.

What is V-safe?
V-safe is a smartphone-based tool that uses text messaging and web surveys to provide personalized health check-ins after you receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Through V-safe, you can quickly tell CDC if you have any side effects after getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Depending on your answers, someone from CDC may call to check on you and get more information. V-safe will also remind you to get your second COVID-19 vaccine dose if you need one, but it cannot schedule appointments.


Who is eligible for a booster or additional dose of the COVID-19 vaccine?

Boosters have been authorized for the following:

Boosters can be administered at least 5 months after the 2nd dose of an initial series of Pfizer for individuals 12 years or older. Individuals 12-17 are only eligible for a Pfizer booster dose (no mixing and matching). Online scheduling for booster doses for individuals 12-15 coming soon.

Boosters can be administered at least 5 months after the 2nd dose of initial series of Moderna for individuals 18 years or older. Moderna boosters will be administered at a half-dose volume compared to the initial series.

Boosters can be administered at least 2 months after the initial Johnson & Johnson/Janssen shot was administered for anyone age 18+. mRNA boosters (Pfizer or Moderna) are recommended over an additional dose of Johnson & Johnson/Janssen.

Can I choose a different vaccine for a booster (mix & match)?
The CDC recommends a mRNA (Pfizer or Moderna) vaccine for your booster. Currently you can schedule a booster for the same vaccine you received for your initial series. If a different one is preferred, please talk to your pharmacist at the time of your appointment. Individuals 12-17 may only get a Pfizer booster. Online scheduling for booster doses for individuals 12-15 coming soon.

Additional doses have been authorized for:
Moderately to severely immunocompromised individuals who received their 2nd dose of the Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at least 28 ago. Specifically, authorized individuals include the following:

  • Had a solid organ transplant or recent hematopoietic malignancies
  • Active or recent treatment for solid tumor hematologic malignancies (cancer)
  • Severe primary immunodeficiency
  • Advanced or untreated HIV
  • Active treatment with high dose corticosteroids, alkylating agents, antimetabolites, TNF blockers, and other biologic agents
  • Asplenia and chronic renal disease can be considered if condition is severe

Additional doses can be administered to Pfizer recipients ages 5+ or Moderna recipients ages 18+. Online scheduling for 3rd doses for immunocompromised individuals 5-11 coming soon. This update does not apply to those who received the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine.

Moderately to severely immunocompromised individuals have been approved for a booster shot either 5 months (after a Pfizer 3rd dose for individuals 12+) or 6 months (after a Moderna 3rd dose for individuals 18+).

I got the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine – do I need a 2nd dose or booster?
Boosters have been approved for Johnson & Johnson for eligible individuals 18+ at least 2 months after their initial shot. Additional doses for immunocompromised individuals have not been approved for the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine.

If I’m eligible, when can I get an additional dose or a booster?
Boosters can be administered to eligible individuals who received Pfizer 5 months after their initial series or Moderna 6 months after their initial series or 2 months after an initial Johnson and Johnson shot.

Additional doses for eligible immunocompromised individuals can be administered 28 days after the 2nd dose of a Moderna or Pfizer vaccine was administered. Immunocompromised individuals 12+are eligible for a Pfizer booster 5 months after their 3rd dose, and those 18+ are eligible either 5 months after their 3rd Pfizer dose or 6 months after their 3rd Moderna dose.

What’s the difference between an additional dose and a booster?
The authorized additional dose of the COVID-19 vaccine is meant to specifically reach people who may not have a sufficient or expected immune response to the vaccine. Offering an additional dose can help strengthen the immune response to help ward off both infection and severity of infection.

Boosters on the other hand, are meant to address decreasing or waning vaccine effectiveness over time for people who had an expected immune response. Most studies continue to show that the COVID-19 vaccines are effective against COVID-19, particularly when it comes to severe infection and hospitalization.

If I’m pregnant, do I qualify for an additional dose or a booster?
Boosters: Yes, pregnant individuals qualify for a COVID-19 booster of Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson.

Immunocompromised additional dose: No. At this time, pregnant individuals are not considered part of the specified immunocompromised conditions.

If I’m not in an eligible group, when can I get a booster?
Boosters are not yet authorized for individuals who received Moderna or Johnson & Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 vaccines, and only some individuals who received Pfizer. Outside of the groups eligible today, additional recommendations may be made as more data becomes available. All vaccines are effective at reducing the risk of severe disease, hospitalization and death, and the best way to protect yourself and your community from COVID-19 is to get vaccinated in the first place.

If we need a booster does it mean the vaccine isn’t working?
No. All three vaccines are effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalization and death; even against the current Delta variant.

Does this change the definition of fully vaccinated?
No. A person is considered fully vaccinated 2 weeks after they have completed a 2 dose series of the COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer: 2 doses 21 days apart, Moderna: 2 doses 28 days apart) or single dose (Johnson & Johnson/Janssen).

COVID-19 Oral Antiviral Treatments Update
The FDA authorized the use of two oral (pill) treatments for mild-to-moderate cases of COVID-19:

  • Pfizer’s Paxlovid
    • Available to individuals 12+ within 5 days of testing positive who are at high risk for progression to severe COVID-19, including hospitalization or death
  • Merck’s Molnupiravir
    • Available to individuals 18+ within 5 days of testing positive who are at high risk for progression to severe COVID-19, including hospitalization or death

The treatment MUST be prescribed by a physician, nurse practitioner, advanced practice registered nurses, and physician assistants. Bartell pharmacists cannot prescribe either of these medications; please get tested and, if positive, talk to your doctor.

Neither of these treatments are substitutions for the protection provided by COVID-19 vaccines, but can help reduce severe disease and hospitalization. These drugs cannot be used for pre-exposure or post-exposure prophylaxis for prevention of COVID-19.

Supply will be limited during the initial weeks and while Bartell’s is proud to add these to the options available in the fight against this pandemic, we will only have limited quantities in a small, select number of stores. If your Bartell’s is not carrying the medications or has run out, we recommend you contact your local Department of Public Health to find out where supply may be in stock.

Bartell’s inventory will be distributed based on the agreements made with local state jurisdictions and will not be available in all stores. As soon as we have inventory and have identified where these treatments will be available, we will update this page with more information.

Prescription Pickup
In order to limit the spread of COVID-19, for customers filling either of these prescriptions at Bartell’s, we encourage you to take advantage of our drive-thru window to pick up your prescription. If you are unable to pick up the medication yourself, the next best option is to send a negative-covid-tested member of your family through the drive-thru to pick up on your behalf. Many of our pharmacies have delivery options available as well.

In the meantime, please continue to practice measures to keep you safe from COVID-19; get vaccinated and boosted, wear your mask and practice social distancing.