COVID-19 VACCINE UPDATE!

 

Fisherville Pharmacy will begin recieving vaccine allocation from the State of New Hampshire beginning April 5th! All those who are eligible to receive the vaccine according to the NH phases can visit the NH COVID-19 Vaccine web page to sign up to recieve their vaccine at our clinic or call 211. 

 

COVID-19 Vaccines

To stop this pandemic, we need to use all of our prevention tools. Vaccines are one of the most effective tools to protect your health and prevent disease. Vaccines work with your body’s natural defenses so your body will be ready to fight the virus, if you are exposed (also called immunity). Other steps, like wearing a mask that covers your nose and mouth and staying at least 6 feet away from other people you don’t live with, also help stop the spread of COVID-19.Studies show that COVID-19 vaccines are very effective at keeping you from getting COVID-19. Experts also think that getting a COVID-19 vaccine may help keep you from getting seriously ill even if you do get COVID-19. These vaccines cannot give you the disease itself4. 

Role

What is Fisherville Pharmacy’s Role in administering COVID-19 Vaccines?

Fisherville Pharmacy will begin receiving COVID-19 Vaccine allocation (stock) from the state of New Hampshire on April 5th. Individuals must register on the State of New Hampshire's COVID-19 Vaccine web page to book an appointment at our clinic or by calling  2-1-1. Since we are receiving the vaccines from the State at this point in time we are required to follow the states current vaccination phases or eligibility outlined below.
 
Towards the end of April beginning of May Fisherville Pharmacy hopes to receive allocation from the CDC through our federal pharmacy partner CPESN USA . At that point in time Fisherville Pharmacy will be able to manage and create our own COVID-19 vaccination appointments. Stay tuned for more information. 

 

Fisherville Pharmacy has a waitlist that individuals who are already registered with the State of NH can fill out if they would like to be contacted if we have a "no show" appointment or appointment cancellation to possibly receive their shot sooner than their scheduled appointment. 

Receive

Who Can Receive the COVID-19 Vaccine at Fisherville Pharmacy?

Due to Fisherville Pharmacy receiving our vaccines from the State of New Hampshire we will be following New Hampshire's vaccination phases outlined in the image below. Individuals eligible in phase 3 will now acutally be able to book appointments according to the following schedule: 

March 29: adults aged 40 and older can sign up

March 31: adults aged 30 and older can sign up

April 2: all other adults aged 16 and older can sign up

 

Type

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

The type of vaccines available to Fisherville Pharmacy will be dependent on the government’s allocation methodology. We will not get to choose which type of vaccination we receive. In addition, it is important to note that individuals also will not be able to request a specific type of vaccine manufacturer unless there is a specific medical reason determined by their medical provider and properly documented. 

 

Shot

What is the process to get the COVID-19 Vaccine at Fisherville Pharmacy?

Currently, you need to register through the state of New Hampshire's website (linked to the right) or by calling 2-1-1. 

 

In the future, Fisherville Pharmacy will be requiring interested patients to fill out their own online application that will be made available on our website once we receive further guidance ifrom our federal pharmacy partner regarding vaccine allocation from the CDC. More detailed information will be provided regarding this process soon. 

 

Clinic

What Fisherville Pharmacy's Clinic Going to Look Like?

Fisherville Pharmacy will have an appointment based COVID-19 Clinic registered through the State of New Hampshire. Individuals who have appointments with the state at our clinic will be asked to text the pharmacy upon arrival. Our text number will be displayed at selected parking spots and on several signs near the clinic. The clinic is located in the facility next to the pharmacy, 219 Fisherville Rd Unit D Penacook, NH 03303. Once you text the pharmacy upon arrival you will be provided some additional instructions and asked a few screener questions for our staffs' safety. When the clinic is ready for you we will text you to enter the clinic for your vaccination (if there are specific mobility issues please call the clinic ahead of time to discuss). You will check in with our front desk, be directed to a santized seat, receive your vaccine, be monitored for any adverse reactions, and then be on your way! Our current clinic operating hours are Monday Afternoons from 2:30 pm to 6:00 pm and Friday Mornings from 10am to 12:15pm. You will need to also bring your form of identification to validate your appointment as well as your insurance card. We look forward to seeing you! 

 

Allergies

I Have Several Allergies, Should I Still Come to Fisherville Pharmacy to Get my Vaccine?

You can still come to the pharmacy to get your COVID-19 Vaccination if you have a scheduled appointment. You will need to stay for a longer period of time to be monitored for an adverse reaction (30 minutes). Fisherville Pharmacy does have a protocol in place to handle allergic or adverse reactions and all immunization staff are CPR and First Aid Certified. Please note that if your allergy is severe or you have several allergies we would advise you to discuss your concerns with your allergy specialist or your primary physician before receiving the vaccination to ensure your safety. You can also visit the CDC's website (linked to the right) for additional information regarding allergies and the COVID-19 Vaccine. You can also visit the CDC's website to learn more about the ingredients included in all the different COVID-19 vaccines currently available in the United States. 

 

COVID-19 VACCINE FAQ

Please refer to the following Covid-19 vaccine frequently asked question provided by the CDC for more guidance regarding the Covid-19 vaccine.

Should I get vaccinated for COVID-19?

 

It is strongly recommended you get vaccinated. The vaccine will help protect you from getting COVID-19. If you still get infected after you get vaccinated, the vaccine may prevent serious illness. By getting vaccinated, you can also help protect people around you.

 

Can the vaccine give me COVID-19?

 

No. None of the COVID-19 vaccines currently authorized for use or in development in the United States use the live virus that causes COVID-19. However, it typically takes a few weeks for the body to build immunity after vaccination. That means it is possible you could be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 just before or just after vaccination and get sick.

 

If I already had COVID-19 and recovered, do I still need to get vaccinated?

 

Yes. CDC recommends that you get vaccinated even if you have already had COVID-19, because you can catch it more than once. While you may have some short-term antibody protection after recovering from COVID-19, we do not know how long this protection will last.

 

Can my child get vaccinated for COVID-19?

 

No. More studies need to be conducted before COVID-19 vaccines are recommended for children aged 16 and younger. 

 

Is it safe to get a COVID-19 vaccine if I have an underlying medical condition?

 

Yes. COVID-19 vaccination is especially important for people with underlying health problems like heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, and obesity. People with these conditions are more likely to get very sick from COVID-19.

 

Is it better to get natural immunity to COVID-19 rather than immunity from a vaccine?

 

No. While you may have some short-term antibody protection after recovering from COVID-19, we do not know how long this protection lasts. Vaccination is the best protection, and it is safe. People who get COVID-19 can have serious illnesses, and some have debilitating symptoms that persist for months.

 

Why do I need two COVID-19 shots?

 

Currently authorized vaccines, and most vaccines under development, require two doses of vaccine. The first shot helps the immune system recognize the virus, and the second shot strengthens the immune response. You need both to get the best protection.

 

Will the shot hurt or make me sick?

 

There may be side effects, but they should go away within a few days. Possible side effects include a sore arm, headache, fever, or body aches. This does not mean you have COVID-19. Side effects are signs that the vaccine is working to build immunity. If they do not go away in a week, or you have more serious symptoms, call your doctor.

 

Are there long-term side effects from COVID-19 vaccine? 

 

Because all COVID-19 vaccines are new, it will take more time and more people getting vaccinated to learn about very rare or possible long-term side effects. The good news is, at least 8 weeks’ worth of safety data were gathered in the clinical trials for all the authorized vaccines, and it is unusual for vaccine side effects to appear more than 8 weeks after vaccination.

 

How do I know if COVID-19 vaccine is safe?

 

All COVID-19 vaccines were tested in clinical trials involving tens of thousands of people to make sure they meet safety standards and protect adults of different ages, races, and ethnicities. There were no serious safety concerns. CDC and the FDA will keep monitoring the vaccines to look for safety issues after they are authorized and in use.

 

How do I report problems or bad reactions after getting a COVID-19 vaccine?

 

All recipients who receive the vaccine can enroll in v-safe. This is a smartphone tool you can use to tell CDC if you have any side effects after getting a COVID-19 vaccine. If you report serious side effects, someone from CDC will call to follow up. I will give you instructions for how to enroll.3

 

 

Curious to Learn More?

Check out this CDC video explaining the vaccine approval process and importance of getting vaccinated.

COVID-19

During these difficult times Fisherville Pharmacy wants to support our customers anyway we can. Please feel free to read through the resources we have compiled below or visit the CDCs website for additional information.

What is COVID-19?

According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, COVID-19 is a respiratory disease caused by SARS-CoV-2, a new coronavirus discovered in 2019. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person to person through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks. Some people who are infected may not have symptoms. For people who have symptoms, illness can range from mild to severe. Adults 65 years and older and people of any age with underlying medical conditions are at higher risk for severe illness1.

COVID-19 Symptoms

 

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

 

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea2

Stop the Spread!

Watch the Video from the CDC to learn more about how you can make an impact and stop the spread of COVID-19.

COVID-19 Testing

Unfortunately at this time Fisherville Pharmacy does not offer COVID-19 testing.

Additional COVID-19 Resources

Here are some great resources to learn more about COVID-19 and how it's impacting our state.

Sources: 

1. CDC. (2020, August 26). Coronavirus Disease 2019. https://www.cdc.gov/dotw/covid-19/index.html 

2.CDC. (2020, December 22).Symptoms of Coronavirus. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html

3.CDC. (2020, December 11). Quick Answers for Healthcare Professionals to Common Questions People May Ask About Covid-19 Vaccines. chrome-extension://oemmndcbldboiebfnladdacbdfmadadm/https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/downloads/healthcare-professionals-vaccine-quick-answers.pdf 

4. CDC. (2020, February 3). COVID-19 Vaccines. chrome-extension://oemmndcbldboiebfnladdacbdfmadadm/https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/vaccines/facts-covid-vaccines-english-508.pdf 

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