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.  


Common Questions:


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 a severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) or an immediate allergic reaction—even if it was not severe—to any ingredient in an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine,  you should not get an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine.*
  • ​If you have had a severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) or an immediate allergic reaction—even if it was not severe—after getting the first dose of the vaccine, you should not get another dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine.*
  • An immediate allergic reaction means a reaction within 4 hours of getting vaccinated, including symptoms such as hives, swelling, or wheezing (respiratory distress).
  • ​​This includes allergic reactions to polyethylene glycol (PEG) and polysorbate. Polysorbate is not an ingredient in either mRNA COVID-19 vaccine but is closely related to PEG, which is in the vaccines. People who are allergic to PEG or polysorbate should not get an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine.

​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:

  • Injection site reactions: pain, tenderness and swelling of the lymph nodes in the same arm of the injection, swelling (hardness), and redness.
  • General side effects: fatigue, headache, muscle pain, joint pain, chills, nausea and vomiting, and fever. 

Please see the Moderna Vaccine Fact Sheet for more information about the vaccine.

  • V-Safe: ​Use your smartphone to tell CDC about any side effects after getting the COVID-19 vaccine. V-safe is a smartphone-based tool that uses text messaging and web surveys to provide personalized health check-ins after you receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Through v-safe, you can quickly tell CDC if you have any side effects after getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Depending on your answers, someone from CDC may call to check on you and get more information. V-safe will also remind you to get your second COVID-19 vaccine dose if you need one. Visit https://vsafe.cdc.gov/ for more information.



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.



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