This FAQ will be updated as new information is received. It was last updated on:

January 19th, 2021

When will Eric’s RX receive the vaccine?

We currently have the vaccine and are only vaccinating persons in Phase 1A. Pennslyvania Department of Health updated their protocols to include anyone over 65 is not eligible in 1A. We are working on a public book form on our website and should have it available shortly.

Should I call the store for more information?

No - we are getting hundreds of calls each day. Unless you are in 1A, we ask that you please wait until your phase for Vaccine related questions as we don't have any further information other then what is posted here. We will do everything in our power to vaccinate as many people as we can in a safe and efficient manner.

How do I make an appointment?

If you are in 1A, please email us at covidvaccine@ericsrx.com to get a link. When in 1B and 1C, all bookings and forms will be made via an online portal. A link will be provided once this is ready to accept bookings.

Who gets the vaccine first?

The vaccine will be distributed in phases (1,2, and 3).

See Link for Up-to-Date Phases

https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Vaccine.aspx

What vaccine will Eric’s RX Shoppe be given?

There are 6 potential vaccines. The only one we know for sure that we will not be receiving is the Pfizer/Biotech vaccine because we do not have a super freezer (-70- 80 degrees C).  There a few factors that must happen before vaccines ship; the FDA needs to issue an EUA for any potential vaccine. Next, the State or CDC needs to be given set vaccine and distributed to entities. And then from there, we would order it. Our understanding is that we will not be able to specify which vaccine to order, they will send whatever they have available for pharmacies.

How will I make an appointment for the vaccine?

We are working on an online booking interface to put on our website. We are expecting a large demand for the COVID vaccine and we need to make sure that everything is safe for our patients and staff, keeping our workflow process as efficient as possible. We will be update the website and notify customers when this is available.

Should I get the vaccine?

Short answer – yes. For any vaccine to be effective, 70% of the population needs to be vaccinated for the vaccine to work as planned. Because all the vaccines are new, there is some data that will have to be reviewed. If anyone has an preexisting conditions or concerns, we will always lean on the side of caution until we have factual evidence it’s safe to administer. Some groups (as of now) that they do not have enough data about the safety of the vaccine are: Children (under 16), people with severe allergies, women who are pregnant, many other preexisting conditions. To stress again, we will advise any patient to wait for more information if we do not have the safety data to make an informed decision.

What are potential side effects of vaccine?

From WSJ Article on Pfzier Vaccine:

The most common side effects found in the Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine trials included pain, redness or swelling at the injection site, fatigue, headache, chills, muscle pain and joint pain, according to a Food and Drug Administration analysis released Tuesday. Side effects tended to be more frequent after the second dose, according to the analysis. Among those between 18 and 55 years of age, 16% of participants who received the vaccine had fever after the second dose. Fifty-nine percent reported fatigue, 52% reported headache and 35% reported chills. Thirty-seven percent had muscle pain, 22% reported joint pain and 10% reported diarrhea. Those older than 55 tended to report fewer side effects, according to the analysis.

Will my insurance pay for it?

The vaccine is free for patients. Most insurances (included Medicare Part B) will pay us for the administration of the vaccine. The vaccine is shipped to us at no cost and we cannot sell the vaccine. All patients are eligible for the vaccine and our hope is that each insurance will reimburse us fairly for our hard work, time, and effort involved from start to finish of administering this vaccine.

When would I get my second shot?

All but one of the COVID-19 vaccines currently in Phase 3 clinical trials in the United States need two shots to be effective. The other COVID-19 vaccine uses one shot.

See links below for more information on the potential vaccines.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/different-vaccines.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/faq.html

Will I still need to wear a mask and social distant after I receive the vaccine?

Yes! Until public health officials tell us otherwise, you will still need to follow the guidance put out by the County, State, and Federal government. There is ongoing research to see if someone who is vaccinated and protected can still transmit the disease.

Where will the Vaccine be given?

The vaccine will be given in either Unit C (2 doors from Dunkin...Dr. Cimbak's Old Office) or at our pharmacy. This information will be sent prior to any scheduled appointment.

I previously tested positive for COVID-19, can I still get the vaccine?

Guidance from CDC: Vaccination of persons with known current SARS-CoV-2 infection should be deferred until the person has recovered from the acute illness (if the person had symptoms) and criteria have been met for them to discontinue isolation. This recommendation applies to persons who develop SARS-CoV-2 infection before receiving any vaccine doses as well as those who develop SARS-CoV-2 infection after the first dose but before receipt of the second dose. While there is otherwise no recommended minimum interval between infection and vaccination, current evidence suggests that reinfection is uncommon in the 90 days after initial infection. Thus, persons with documented acute SARS-CoV-2 infection in the preceding 90 days may delay vaccination until near the end of this period, if desired.

https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/info-by-product/clinical-considerations.html

I got my first dose somewhere else. Can Eric's RX Shoppe administer my second dose?

Short answer, yes, we can. We ask you to fill out a form and we would reach around 7 days before your due date if space is available. Our priority is persons who received their first dose from us and out patients. We will do everything we can to fit you, but filling out this form below is not a guarantee of a vaccine. Please click on this link to fill out the intake form only if you receive the first dose somewhere else!

Click Here for Second Dose Intake Form

How can I help?

Given the huge demand, we are accepting volunteers who are licensed to immunize and also volunteers to help with administrative work. Please email us at covidvaccine@ericsrx.com if interested.

Useful Links:

https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Vaccine.aspx

https://www.montcopa.org/3671/COVID-19-Vaccine-FAQs

https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/index.html