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Immunizations will be available at no costs to patients.

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COVID-19 Vaccine Updates

At carrs, we are working hard to support your health. We have partnered with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to provide COVID-19 vaccines to our customers.

We expect all our pharmacies will have the COVID-19 vaccine.

The CDC and each state's public health department will determine who is eligible to receive the vaccine in each phase. For more information about COVID-19, please visit the CDC website.

We are here to help, and we will keep this page updated with the latest information as the situation evolves.

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About our Pharmacy

Will carrs offer the COVID-19 vaccine?

Yes, carrs is part of the federal program to receive the vaccines from the CDC.

When will my pharmacy have the vaccine?

We expect all our pharmacies to receive vaccine supply. Currently, supply is allocated by state and local health departments as well as the federal government. Stores may receive supply that is withheld from the general public in order to fulfill second dose appointments or for specific prioritized recipients specified by the state and local health department.

We kindly ask that you avoid calling your local store or pharmacy, as our teams are focused on serving patients. This pulls them away from this important service. You can contact your state or local health department for more information about the plan for COVID-19 vaccination in your area.

Who will administer the vaccine?

The COVID-19 vaccine will be administered in accordance with state law and federal guidance by our pharmacists, pharmacy interns, and technicians. 

Do I have to wear a mask to get the vaccine at carrs?

Yes, we require customers across all of our locations to wear face coverings when shopping with us, for their protection and for that of our associates.

Additionally, CDC recommends that during the pandemic people age 2 and older should wear masks in public settings and when around people who don't live in their household. This would include visiting a pharmacy or clinic to receive any vaccine, including the COVID-19 vaccine.

About COVID-19 Vaccine

Will the vaccine be offered to the general public?

Yes. The COVID-19 vaccine should be available or most adults this year. Adults that fall into a higher risk category, as designated by the CDC and state and local health departments, will have access to the vaccine before the general healthy public.

Who is immediately eligible for the vaccine?

Eligibility is determined by state and local health departments based on recommendations from the CDC. Please check your state or health department website for prioritization criteria and timing.

Is the vaccine free?

Yes, vaccine doses purchased with U.S. taxpayer dollars will be administered to patients with no out-of-pocket cost.

Please bring proof of insurance to your appointment, including any Medicare, Medicaid, pharmacy, and medical cards. If you do not have insurance, please bring state identification/driver’s license (if available).

How many doses is the COVID-19 vaccine?

Both the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines are 2 doses separated by 28 or 21 days respectively. You should not get your second dose earlier than recommended, however there is no maximum interval. You should get your second dose as close to the recommended interval as possible to be protected sooner. A series started with one product must be completed with the same product.

If I have already had coronavirus, do I still need to be vaccinated?

Yes. Reinfection with COVID-19 is not common, but it is possible. Therefore, the CDC recommends vaccination even if you have had and recovered from COVID-19. If you were treated for COVID-19 symptoms with monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma, you should wait 90 days before getting a COVID-19 vaccine.

Are there side effects associated with the vaccine?

The side effects from COVID-19 vaccinations may feel like the flu and might affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days. Learn more about what side effects to expect and get helpful tips on how to reduce pain and discomfort after your vaccination.

CDC is also implementing a new smartphone-based tool called v-safe to check in on people’s health after they receive a COVID-19 vaccine. When you receive your vaccine, you should also receive a v-safe information sheet telling you how to enroll in v-safe. If you enroll, you will receive regular text messages directing you to surveys where you can report any problems or adverse reactions you have after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine.

After I get the vaccine, can I stop wearing a mask?

No. While experts learn more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide under real-life conditions, it will be important for everyone to continue using all the tools available to us to help slow virus spread, like covering your mouth and nose with a mask, washing hands often, and staying at least 6 feet away from others. Together, the COVID-19 vaccination and following the CDC’s recommendations for how to protect yourself and others will offer the best protection from getting and spreading COVID-19. Experts need to understand more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide before deciding to change recommendations on steps everyone should take to slow the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. Other factors, including how many people get vaccinated and how the virus is spreading in communities, will also affect this decision. 

Is it true that the COVID-19 vaccine is only available to people 18+ years of age? What should I do to protect my younger children who are not old enough to receive the vaccination?

The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is currently indicated for people 16 years of age and older, while the Moderna vaccine is indicated for people 18 years of age and older. While neither COVID-19 vaccine is currently recommended for children, ACIP will continue to reevaluate data as it becomes available. 

Can I get my COVID-19 vaccine at the same time as other vaccines?

Other vaccines should be separated from COVID-19 vaccine by at least 14 days. If COVID-19 vaccine is inadvertently given within 14 days of another vaccine, you do not need to restart the COVID-19 vaccine series and should still complete it on schedule. CDC may update this recommendation when more data is available.

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keeping you safe

Steps We've Taken to Keep You Safe

We are working hard to protect you and your health. Our stores have adapted quickly to create a clean and safe environment for you. Our pharmacists are also taking additional steps to keep you safe:

  • Screening for COVID-19 symptoms before providing immunizations
  • Online Consent & Release Form to streamline vaccine processing and reduce the number of patients in the waiting area
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE), including face shields, for all pharmacy associates.
  • Hand hygiene practiced before and after immunizations, including changing gloves between patients
  • Monitoring COVID transmission and prevalence in the local area to adapt PPE requirements if necessary
  • Maintaining social distancing before and after the immunization

Transfer Your Prescription to Our Pharmacy

You and your family's health is our top priority. That's why we carefully assess your medication history when filling your prescriptions. We are always here to answer any questions you may have to provide clarity for an easy experience, as well as peace of mind.

  • We accept all major insurance plans and are a preferred pharmacy in many of them.
  • Auto Refill: Enroll at the pharmacy and we'll notify you when your prescriptions are ready for pickup.
  • Mobile App: Download for free to easily manage your family's prescriptions.
  • Vaccination Station: Walk-ins welcome for immunizations for flu, shingles, tetanus, and more.** Plus, receive 10% off your next grocery purchase with any immunization.***
  • Specialty Care: Specialty medications and services available to manage conditions like psoriasis, osteoporosis, arthritis, and more.
  • Pet Meds: Protect your furry family members with pet prescriptions.+
  • Rewards: Earn rewards for gas or groceries on out-of-pocket purchases.++

Transfer your prescription

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*No out-of-pocket cost to patient. Insurance billed for administration fee.

**Available vaccinations vary by location and are subject to state law restrictions.

***Restrictions apply. Not available in New York, New Jersey, or Arkansas.

+Pet prescriptions savings cards are free and available at the pharmacy for pet meds that are also human medications.

++Restrictions and exclusions apply.

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