COVID-19 Vaccinations

 

Brookshire Brothers Pharmacy is proud to be one of the first retailers in the state to provide the COVID-19 vaccine to the communities we serve. We thank you for your patience during the months where the vaccine was under intense demand.

The waiting list is no longer needed, and Brookshire Brothers customers should only called their local pharmacy and request an appointment to receive their vaccine. Click here for a list of Brookshire Brothers Pharmacies in your area. 

Vaccine availability may vary by location, so be sure to check with your local pharmacy for up-to-date stock information. 


Recommended Third Dose

The Centers for Disease Control is now recommending a third dose of mRNA COVID vaccines for certain immunocompromised individuals, and your Brookshire Brothers Pharmacy is here to help. 

  • The CDC does not currently recommend the third dose for the general public. 
  • A third dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine is only approved/recommended for moderately to severely immunocompromised people at this time, and the CDC recommends these individuals receive their third dose at least 28 days after their second dose. 
  • Moderately to severely immunocompromised people are defined as those who have:
    • been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood;
    • received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system;
    • received a stem cell transplant within the last two years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system;
    • moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome);
    • advanced or untreated HIV infection;
    • active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune response.
  • At this time, there is no recommendation for another dose for immunocompromised people who have received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

If you meet these criteria and require a third dose, reach out to your local Brookshire Brothers Pharmacy. 


Frequently Asked Questions

Who can receive the vaccine?

  • Anyone over the age of 12 is eligible to receive the vaccine. 
  • All adults over the age of 18 for Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccine
  • All adults over the age of 12 for the Pfizer vaccine 

What to bring:

*Vaccine availability differs by location. 

How can I schedule an appointment to receive the vaccine?

Brookshire Brothers customers should call their local pharmacy and request an appointment to receive their vaccine. Click here for a list of Brookshire Brothers Pharmacies in your area. 

Vaccine availability may vary by location, so be sure to check with your local pharmacy for up-to-date stock information. 

What if I need my second dose of the vaccine?

When receiving your first dose of the vaccine, your pharmacist should schedule your appointment for the second dose to be administered. If you don't have an appointment, call the pharmacy where you received your first dose.

Do you accept walk-in appointments?

Some locations are accepting walk-ins, but please check with your location pharmacy to determine availability and whether or not an appointment is needed. 

Does the vaccine cost anything?

There is no cost to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Those with insurance should bring their prescription insurance information for billing of the administration fee. Those without insurance will need to provide their driver’s license.

Can you mix and match the vaccines? 

The CDC recommends an mRNA dose of the same kind be given for the third dose, but if the vaccine product given for the first two doses is not available or is unknown, either mRNA COVID vaccine product may be administered. A person should not receive more than three mRNA vaccine doses at this time.

What should immunocompromised people who received the J&J/Janssen vaccine do?

The FDA's recent EUA amendment only applies to mRNA COVID vaccines, according to the CDC. Recent data have demonstrated that immunocompromised people who have low or no protection following two doses of mRNA COVID vaccines may have an improved response after an additional dose of the same vaccine, but there is not enough data at this time to determine whether the same antibody response can be seen in these individuals who received the J&J vaccine. 

What are the risks of vaccinating individuals with an additional dose?

The CDC says there is limited information about the risks of receiving an additional dose of vaccine, and the safety, efficacy and benefit of additional doses of the COVID-19 vaccine in immunocompromised people continues to be evaluated.

So far, reactions reported after the third mRNA dose were similar to that of the two-dose series: fatigue and pain at injection site were the most commonly reported side effects, and overall, most symptoms were mild to moderate.  

However, as with the two-dose series, the CDC says serious side effects are rare but may occur.