Hometown Pharmacy is prepared to play an impactful role in administering the COVID-19 vaccination. We are determined and grateful to be able to provide hope for health care workers, residents of long-term care facilities, as well as to the general public once the vaccine is available for general distribution! Our pharmacists give thousands of shots a year, and they are trained under strict, up-to-date guidelines to be able to administer vaccines.
In addition, we are taking these steps:
We are excited to be able to provide/administer these vaccines as they become available to us! Based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), front-line health care workers and residents and staff of long-term care (LTC) facilities will be the first to receive the vaccine and we have begun administering COVID-19 vaccinations at LTC facilities. We are offering waitlists at a large number of our pharmacies for the vaccine! To sign up to be put on our waitlist, please look for your Hometown Pharmacy location Below! (If you do not see you pharmacy location below, waitlists may not be available at this time)
If you would like to save time when visiting the pharmacy, you may download and print off our Covid-19 VAR Form below and bring it with you when you have been notified to come in to receive your vaccine!
What is Hometown Pharmacy's role in administering the COVID-19 vaccine?
Hometown Pharmacy will administer the vaccine once we are allocated doses to people who are eligible as determined by federal and state governments.
When will vaccines be available at Hometown Pharmacy for everyone?
Timing will depend on when we receive an allocation from the federal and state government as well as phased eligibility. It is difficult to forecast when we will receive the vaccines. Stores and clubs will receive the vaccine at different times in different locations. Some stores have already starting receiving the vaccines this week!
Who is prioritized to receive the vaccine?
The Centers for Disease Control’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) will provide guidance to assist states as they prioritize vaccine distribution. The ACIP makes the recommendation that states can choose to follow or determine their own priorities for patient eligibility. You can find current ACIP recommendations here.
Is the vaccine safe?
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration decides to authorize vaccines based on the safety and efficacy of each vaccine. The FDA issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine, and shipments of the vaccine are being sent to states. You can find more information from the FDA on the COVID-19 vaccine here.
Which COVID-19 vaccines do Hometown Pharmacy offer?
We will offer only FDA-authorized vaccines allocated by the government.
Does Hometown Pharmacy require special training for pharmacists ?
In addition to the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) immunization training, all of our pharmacists will receive specific training on the vaccines they are administering.
How many vaccines does Hometown Pharmacy plan to administer?
We will administer as much vaccine as the state allocates to our pharmacies. That allocation is determined by the states.
Will the federal government provide the vaccine to you?
Yes, all vaccines are being provided by the federal government or allocated from state supply.
Is there a cost to the vaccine? If so, what is the price?
The federal government is providing the vaccine at no cost.
What are other ways I can support my immune system while I am waiting for the vaccine?