Vaccine Availability Update:
Pennsylvania, and specifically, Bucks County has been experiencing a shortage of vaccine supply in recent weeks. Our pharmacy has not received any additional doses. We share the frustration that everyone is feeling and are working diligently to obtain more vaccine in order to help protect our community. You can still request to be added to our vaccination waiting list here. We ask that you do not submit multiple requests. Once we have supply, we will contact you when an appointment becomes available.
Please be patient and know we are doing our best.
Should I get the vaccine?
Short answer – Yes. Experts do not yet know what percentage of people would need to get vaccinated to achieve herd immunity to COVID-19. Herd immunity means that enough people in a community are protected from getting a disease because they’ve already had the disease or they’ve been vaccinated. Herd immunity makes it hard for the disease to spread from person to person, and it even protects those who cannot be vaccinated, like newborns. Because the vaccines are new, there is some data that will have to be reviewed. If anyone has a preexisting conditions or concerns, we will always lean on the side of caution until we have factual evidence it’s safe to administer. Some groups (as of now) that they do not have enough data about the safety of the vaccine are: Children (under 16), people with severe allergies, women who are pregnant, many other preexisting conditions. To stress again, we will advise any patient to wait for more information if we do not have the safety data to make an informed decision.
When am I eligible to receive the vaccine?
Currently, Pennsylvania is in Phase 1A of the vaccine rollout. Further information on eligibility for each phase can be found on the PA Department of Health website.
Who should NOT get vaccinated?
If you have had an immediate allergic reaction—even if the reaction was not severe—to a vaccine or injectable therapy for another disease, ask your doctor if you should get a COVID-19 vaccine. Your doctor will help you decide if it is safe for you to get vaccinated.
What side effects can I expect from the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine?
Side effects that have been reported include:
Please see the Moderna Vaccine Fact Sheet for more information about the vaccine.
Will my insurance pay for the vaccine?
The vaccine is free for patients. All patients are eligible for the vaccine and our hope is for as many people to get vaccinated as quickly as possible.*
*Vaccine doses purchased with U.S. taxpayer dollars will be given to the American people at no cost. However, vaccination providers can charge an administration fee for giving someone the shot. Vaccination providers can be reimbursed for this by the patient’s public or private insurance company or, for uninsured patients, by the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Provider Relief Fund. No one can be denied a vaccine if they are unable to pay the vaccine administration fee.
When would I get my second shot?
Currently the recommendation for the Moderna Vaccine is 28 days from the first dose.