COVID-19 VACCINE UPDATE!

 

Fisherville Pharmacy anticipates to receive vaccine allocation through our Federal Pharmacy Partner CPESN USA at some point during Phase 2. We currently do not know when this will occur. We appreciate everyone's patience and ask that you continue to check this page and our Facebook Page for updates! If you are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine during Phase 1b please click the NH COVID-19 Vaccine Page link to register at one of their current approved vaccination sites. 

 

COVID-19

During these difficult times Fisherville Pharmacy wants to support our customers anyway we can. That is why we have created a COVID-19 resource page to help answer some commonly asked questions.

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.

COVID-19
Vaccines

Currently, there are still a lot of questions being answered by the CDC and federal government regarding Covid-19 vaccine administration and dissemination. The biggest and most difficult question is who gets the Covid-19 vaccine and when. Our pharmacy will try our best to answer all your questions but please understand things are rapidly changing as developments occur.

Role

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

Fisherville Pharmacy has entered into an agreement with the CDC through our federal pharmacy partner CPESN USA to act as an official COVID-19 Vaccination Provider for our community once the vaccine is available to the general public. Fisherville Pharmacy is excited to be apart of this opportunity to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Our pharmacists are trained immunizers with the State of New Hampshire who are honored to be able to provide our community these vaccinations and answer any questions or concerns. 

 

Receive

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

The CDC has outlined a phased strategy for COVID-19 vaccination distribution. The phases include different types of individuals who are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccination. The first official phase known as phase 1a is high risk health care workers and long-term care facility patients. Please note that there are additional requirements of eligibility within phase 1a categories that determine whether a patient can receive the COVID-19 vaccine during phase 1a (visit cdc.gov/coronavirus/vaccines for more details). Fisherville Pharmacy anticipates receiving COVID-19 vaccine doses closer to phase 2 (estimated around end of January/Mid-February). The individuals eligible for phases other than phase 1a have not been officially determined by the CDC or NH.  Fisherville Pharmacy will be providing vaccinations to patients consistent with the priorities for vaccination established by the government. 

 

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 be receiving any of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines due to their current complex storage requirements. 

 

Shot

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

Fisherville Pharmacy will be requiring interested patients to fill out an online application that will be made available on our website once further guidance is received from the CDC. In addition, appointments will be required to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. More detailed information will be provided regarding this process soon. 

 

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.

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 

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