GET YOUR COVID VACCINE AT TARRYTOWN PHARMACY!
Book a COVID Vaccine!
Use the following link to book an appointment! Appointments are based on availability and vaccine supply.
*Booster Dose Update*
- The CDC has approved COVID-19 Booster Dose (3rd shot for Pfizer ONLY) will be recommended six months after full vaccination in people: 65 years of age and older, residents of long term care facilities (LTCF), patients ages 18 to 64 with underlying medical conditions, and people younger than 65 years of age at increased risk of exposure at work or institutional setting, including healthcare workers and teachers.
- You may book your booster dose up to several months in advance.
Frequently Asked Questions
- There is NO COST to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, whether you have insurance or are uninsured
- To determine if you are eligible, start making an appointment and there are screening questions within the form
- Please refrain from calling the pharmacy to ask basic questions about the vaccine
On-Site COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics
COVID-19 vaccines are an essential tool we have to get back to "normal" life, and Tarrytown Pharmacy wants to help make it easier than ever!
Just like our incredible on-site Flu Shot Clinics, we are now offering a mobile solution to getting your office, school, apartment, or community a COVID-19 vaccine.
Tarrytown Pharmacy would bring all of the necessary equipment and supplies, collect electronic consent and sign-up forms ahead of time, and provide an efficient and enjoyable vaccination experience!
COVID-19 Vaccine Information
Please read the following information to learn about the COVID-19 Vaccine
Who can get the vaccine?
For most up-to-date information about vaccine phases, allocations, and other information. Please visit the Texas State Department of Health Website!
Ultra-Low Freezer Storage
Way back in September, we were already taking action to serve our community and the city of Austin. We invested in an Ultra-Low Freezer that can achieve temperatures as low as -89 C, to prepare for storing certain COVID-19 Vaccines (Pfizer).Our ultra-low freezer is now installed in our pharmacy!
We've also been working for months to become a COVID-19 Provider though the Texas Department of State Health Services, been in contact with Pfizer and Austin Public Health so we can better educate the public, and we have logistics for immunizing on a large scale in-store, at multiple locations, and through mobile clinics. Initial distribution of the vaccine in Texas is through the Texas Department of State Health Services, and we want them to know that we are ready to serve the community, like we've done for the past 79 years! #since1941
Pharmacists have traditionally been the only healthcare providers to be immunization certified and trained for decades. We have provided millions of vaccines over the years, and are the most accessible healthcare professional in the #usa.
Independent pharmacies are in cities big and small, have strong ties to local businesses and nursing homes, and want to see our communities heal and thrive.
About the Vaccine
Learn about the different types of COVID vaccines, and common misconceptions about them.
Pfizer and Moderna Vaccines
How do mRNA vaccines work?
- Conventional vaccines like influenza, shingles, and pneumonia vaccines usually contain either an inactivated portion of a virus, a live viral vector, a protein subunit, or a virus-like particle. These are all considered antigens, which are recognized by the body as an infectious agent. By doing so, these vaccines stimulate the body’s immune system to fight the infectious agent and be ready to provide a more rapid response if exposed to it again in the future.
- Unlike normal vaccines, an mRNA vaccine works by using your body’s existing machinery: the cell’s processes of making DNA, RNA, and eventually proteins! Rather than injecting a protein into the body, the vaccine inserts a messengerRNA (mRNA) sequence (the genetic sequence that contains directions for what molecules to build) which is coded to produce only a fragment of the disease-specific antigen for the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
- Once produced within the body, the antigen will be recognized by your immune system, preparing it to fight the real virus if it is exposed to it in the future, without causing the actual disease. The body does this by making their own proteins, called antibodies, that can neutralize the antigen and the real virus if you ever get infected. Your body will also make memory cells that can produce antibodies at a much faster rate during future exposures.
Timing of the vaccine
How many doses?
Each person will require two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. Two doses allows your body the chance to produce more immune-system barriers against the virus.
COVID mRNA Vaccines vs. Traditional Vaccines:
Safety: Normal vaccines use either weakened or inactivated viral pathogens, which have a very low chance of causing disease, but are still potentially infectious. mRNA vaccines are not made with either, and do not last in our body’s genes to be passed on through cell replication. Rather, it’s degraded by natural processes after making the antigen. In terms of adverse effects, mRNA vaccine sequences are designed to mimic those produced by mammalian cells to minimize the risk of immune reactions.
Effectiveness: Clinical trial results indicate that mRNA vaccines generate a strong immune response (Both Pfizer and Moderna’s leading COVID-19 vaccines have > 90% effectiveness) and are well-tolerated by most individuals. While Pfizer has not released official safety information, no serious side effects have appeared to date, and most adverse effects to vaccines occur within the first few weeks of vaccination.
Production Efficiency: mRNA vaccines have the advantage of being able to be produced in laboratories using DNA templates and standard vaccine materials. This makes it easier to make rather than having to use chicken eggs or mammalian cells, which takes months to grow, harvest, and purify. This is why mRNA vaccines can be produced several months faster than normal, and cost less than traditional vaccines!
Stability and Route of Administration: Because free mRNA is degraded quickly in our body, the mRNA strand is packaged into a larger particle to help stabilize it after injection. It also has particular storage requirements, which differs dependent on the vaccine:
The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine will need to be stored at -94 °F, and will degrade in around 5 days at normal refrigerator temperatures. However Pfizer is developing shipping containers using dry ice to keep the vaccine stable during shipping, and healthcare facilities will use ultra-low freezers to store the vaccine before administration.
The Moderna vaccine can be maintained at regular freezer temperatures for up to 6 months, and up to 30 days after thawing in standard refrigerated conditions (36 to 46 °F).
Side effects: Both Pfizer and Moderna have reported vaccine side effects that are similar to mild covid-19 or common flu symptoms, such as muscle pain, chills and headache (this is common to the Shingles vaccine as well, though muscle pain/vaccine site irritation is possible with all vaccines). Patients in both trials for the vaccines reported that they experienced high fever, body aches, headaches, daylong exhaustion and other symptoms after receiving the shots but that they resolved within a day.
If you have additional questions related to the COVID-19 vaccine, feel free to call Tarrytown Pharmacy and discuss with a pharmacist.