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Big Y Pharmacies are now administering the new Pfizer-BioNTech pediatric vaccine to children aged 5-11 years old.

Our pharmacies will post appointments for Pfizer-BioNTech pediatric vaccine for those aged 5 to 11 years of age as they become available. Please check back regularly.

Appointments will be specifically labeled for Pfizer *5-11yrs ONLY* and will be limited at each location.

If you sign up for an appointment labeled Pfizer (12+), and your child is not over 12 years old, the appointment will be cancelled.


DUE TO HIGH VACCINE VOLUME, APPOINTMENTS ARE NOW REQUIRED FOR ALL COVID-19 VACCINES.

Big Y Pharmacies are now providing a FREE booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine at our pharmacy and clinic locations for eligible individuals as recommended by the CDC.

 

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Make an Appointment for a Vaccination In Our Pharmacy

Note: Age Restrictions Apply.
The supported browsers for making appointments are: Chrome, Firefox and Microsoft Edge (Safari and Internet Explorer are not supported)

Vaccine product offered varies by date and location. Make sure to select desired product at time of appointment.

To receive confirmation, reminders, and any cancellation messages, patients will need to opt-in to receive text messages.
No other reminders will be sent.

Save time and fill out your Patient Informed Consent Form ahead of time

Minors under the age of 18 need the parent or guardian present or have the Patient Informed Consent Form signed by the parent or guardian in order to receive a vaccination.

If your child is 5 to 15 years old and getting a Pfizer vaccine, the Pfizer Parental Consent will need to be filled out in addition.


Per the CDC, everyone 18 years and older may now get a booster dose

Eligibility Timeline Requirements:

Individuals who completed their primary series with  Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine 6 or more months ago.

Individuals 18 years of age and older who were vaccinated with Johnson & Johnson vaccine 2 or more months ago.

Click Here for more details from the CDC


FDA and CDC support individuals to receive a booster dose that is a different vaccine type than they originally received for their primary series if they choose. Additional guidance for specific patient populations will be released in the coming days by the CDC.

Patients will be asked to attest to being eligible for your booster dose at time of your visit.

Appointments are REQUIRED.


Big Y COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

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

No, a Big Y Membership or a myBigY account is not required to schedule an appointment.

Our Big Y pharmacists, pharmacy interns, and pharmacy technicians will administer the COVID-19 vaccine in accordance with state law and federal guidance.

Go to https://www.bigy.com/Pharmacy/covid19-vaccine-faq and follow the directions under "Make An Appointment" to see if you qualify for a vaccine and what appointments are available. 

During the appointment booking process, if you got a confirmation number, you have successfully booked an appointment. It is important to WRITE down your appointment location, phone number, date, time, and confirmation number before closing the Big Y Immunization Scheduler window. You can call the site you booked the appointment if needed to confirm the appointment. Make sure to check off "Opt in for SMS Messaging" and add in a cell phone number. The system will text your confirmation information to that number once the appointment is booked. Confirmation is NOT sent via email, only via text message.

Notification of an appointment will be sent via text message if you opted into SMS messaging and provided a cell phone number. A reminder notification will be sent to that same number 1 day prior to your appointment. If you did not enter a cell phone number and opt in for messaging, there is no confirmation or reminder sent. If you got a confirmation number, you have successfully booked an appointment. You can call the site you booked the appointment if needed to confirm the appointment.

Notification of future updates to eligibility and vaccine availability will be sent out via email if you subscribe to receive the Big Y eNewsletter. To subscribe, log in to your myBigY digital account at bigy.com or via the myBigY app and click on myAccount. Here you can edit your communication preferences to receive the Big Y eNewsletter. Don't have myBigYDigital Account? Get One Here! (link to bigy.com). Visit the website regularly to check for additional appointments and openings throughout the week to check if you qualify.

Yes, Big Y customers are required to wear cloth face coverings/masks in accordance with state or local regulations while shopping with us. The CDC recommends that during the pandemic people wear a mask when receiving any vaccine, including a COVID-19 vaccine.


For additional questions and facts visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/faq.html 


What to Expect the Day of your Appointment:

  • Arrive no earlier than 10 minutes before your appointment
  • Bring your insurance card with you if you have insurance
  • If you have Medicare: Bring Medicare Part B card
  • If you have Commercial Insurance: Bring your Prescription and Medical Cards
  • All vaccines are covered at no cost to you, regardless of insurance coverage
  • You will be required to wait 15 minutes after your dose is administered.


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
  • Providing an Online Consent & Release Form to streamline vaccine processing and reduce the number of patients in the waiting area
  • Wearing personal protective equipment (PPE), including face shields, for all pharmacy associates
  • Practicing hand hygiene 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