Tarrytown Pharmacy’s COVID-19 Vaccine Process

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this exciting time of the COVID-19 vaccine distribution! Our pharmacy team has been working tirelessly to educate, equip and promote public health.

Vaccine distribution information continues to evolve, and we are doing our best to move forward within the state mandated guidelines. 

Our pharmacy team has been inundated with phone calls, emails, and walk-in questions concerning the vaccine. We wanted to take this opportunity to provide more information about Tarrytown Pharmacy’s vaccine process.

Tarrytown Pharmacy’s COVID-19 Vaccine Process

*When Tarrytown Pharmacy receives a new shipment of COVID-19 vaccines, we will EMAIL those that are on our communication list, that are in the current and appropriate phase(s)*

*As defined by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) 

*More information is available on their website https://www.dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/immunize/vaccine.aspx

*The EMAIL will contain a unique scheduling link for people to book an appointment.

*DSHS is strongly encouraging and demanding for vaccinating locations to immunize as many people as quickly as possible. 

*Because vaccine supply is limited, receiving an email with the scheduling link will NOT guarantee a COVID-19 vaccine appointment. 

*Due to the evolving and unpredictable nature of vaccine allocation from the state, we strongly encourage you to monitor your email for the scheduling link or other vaccine-related correspondence. 

Please know that all COVID-19 vaccine-related scheduling information will come via email. Refer to our website for vaccine-specific information, and answers to frequently asked questions. 

We have received such a large volume of phone calls over the past few weeks, we ask that vaccine-related phone calls be limited, to free up our pharmacy team and phone lines. 

Tarrytown Pharmacy is committed to the continued care of our patients and community. Thank you for your patience and understanding!

-Tarrytown Pharmacy

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Please read the following information to learn about the COVID-19 Vaccine

Get ahead of the game!

COVID-19 Vaccine Communication List

click here to join the list!

Vaccine Phase

Who can get the vaccine?

click here for dshs vaccine information!

COVID-19 Equipment

Ultra-Low Freezer Storage

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?

Timing of the vaccine

How many doses?

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.

Phone: (512)-478-6419

Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine

Moderna EUA Information