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covid-19 updates

Thank you for choosing Medicap Pharmacy to get your COVID-19 vaccine. We value your trust and loyalty.

Most of our locations are offering vaccines. Please visit your nearest location's page for vaccine availability as well as appointment and walk-in details.

When you get a COVID-19 vaccine, you are joining the effort to protect yourself and those around you from COVID-19.

Booster Vaccines (Third Dose)

Booster Vaccines for adults 65+ & specific high-risk groups

CDC’s independent advisory committee, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted
on September 23, 2021 to recommend a booster dose of Pfizer’s mRNA COVID-19 vaccine in certain
populations. Individuals may self-attest (i.e. self-report that they are eligible) and receive a
booster shot wherever vaccines are offered (including at Medicap Pharmacy).

These recommendations are ONLY for those who originally received the two-dose primary series of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine.

Effective immediately, CDC recommends:

  • People 65 years and older and residents in long-term care settings should receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series.

  • People aged 50–64 years with underlying medical conditions should receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series.

  • People aged 18–49 years with underlying medical conditions may receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks.

  • People aged 18-64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting may receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks.

 

Booster Vaccines for Immunocompromised individuals

The recently authorized third doses of Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines are available at Medicap Pharmacy for severely to moderately immunocompromised individuals. Patients should receive a third vaccine dose at least 28 days after their second vaccine dose. It is strongly recommended that individuals receive the same vaccine manufacturer as their previous dose(s). Patients can schedule a third-dose appointment in advance online or walk in with no appointment on certain days.

 

Please note: Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine recipients will NOT be administered additional COVID-19 vaccine doses until authorized by the FDA and CDC.

Click here to learn more about the latest CDC recommendations for a 3rd dose of Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. 

Frequently asked questions

Where can I learn more about the vaccine I am getting?


The FDA provides fact sheets for each vaccine. Once approved, these documents are Vaccine Information Sheets (VIS) – until then, they are given Emurgency Use Authorization (EUA). These documents are kept up-to-date to reflect any changes in information. Click the links below to view your vaccine's information:




What should I do when getting the COVID-19 vaccine?


Whether you have an appointment or are coming to a walk-in time, please follow the below instructions:

  • Bring a valid photo ID and insurance card (if applicable).
  • If you have made an appointment:
    • Arrive at the pharmacy at or a few minutes before your scheduled appointment time.
    • If you would prefer to not come in, please call the pharmacy and let us know that you would like to receive your vaccine in the parking lot.
  • Wear a mask and a short sleeved shirt so we can access your upper arm.
  • Plan to be at the pharmacy for 30 minutes. It is important that you stay at the pharmacy for 15 to 30 minutes after you get the vaccine so you can be monitored for any reactions that may occur.
After you have been vaccinated, use v-safe on your smart phone to tell the CDC about any side effects that you experience — this data collection is important even if you don't experience any side effects. Learn more about the v-safe program by clicking here. To learn what to expect after getting a COVID-19 vaccine, click here. You will get a vaccination card that tells you what COVID-19 vaccine you received, the date you received it, and where you received it. Keep your vaccination card in case you need it for future use. The CDC recommends taking a picture of your vaccination card as a backup copy.




Do I need to call the pharmacy to schedule my second dose vaccination?


No. If you received your first dose at Medicap Pharmacy, you will receive an email, text or phone call to schedule your second vaccine dose. While your vaccine card indicates a specific date for your next vaccine, receiving the second dose on that EXACT date may not be feasible. Having a slight delay in getting the second dose will not comporomise the effectiveness of the vaccine, and there is no need to start the series over again.




What should I do if the online scheduling form isn't working?


If we do not have any of a particular vaccine, we disable our online scheduling option – we can't make appointments to give a vaccine that we don't have. You will know that we don't have availability if you see:

  • All of the time slots are grayed out
  • You see a "No slots available" message
  • The form doesn't allow submissions
  • You see an error message or "Form is unavailable" message when you click the link.
If you encounter this, please be patient with us — when we have vaccine again, we will update the form to reflect that!




Can the COVID-19 vaccine give me COVID-19?


No. None of the COVID-19 vaccines currently authorized for use or in development in the United States use the live virus that causes COVID-19. However, it typically takes a few weeks for the body to build immunity after vaccination. That means it’s possible you could be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 just before or just after vaccination and get sick. The vaccine also does not completely eliminate the risk of getting COVID-19 — it does, however, teach your body how to fight the virus so the symptoms and side effects are generally much more mild in those who got vaccinated.




Can my child get vaccinated for COVID-19?


Children 12 years of age and older can receive the Pfizer vaccine. Moderna and Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccines are currently authorized for those 18 years and older. More studies need to be conducted before the vaccines are recommended for anyone younger.




Do need to get vaccinated if I already had COVID-19 and recovered?


Yes. CDC recommends that you get vaccinated even if you have already had COVID-19, because you can catch it more than once. While you may have some short-term antibody protection after recovering from COVID-19, we don’t know how long this protection will last.




Is it safe to get a COVID-19 vaccine if I have an underlying medical condition?


Yes. COVID-19 vaccination is especially important for people with underlying health problems like heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, and obesity. People with these conditions are more likely to get very sick from COVID-19.​




Is it better to get natural immunity to COVID-19 rather than immunity from a vaccine?


No. While you may have some short-term antibody protection after recovering from COVID-19, we don’t know how long this protection lasts. Vaccination is the best protection, and it is safe. People who get COVID-19 can have serious illnesses, and some have debilitating symptoms that persist for months.




Will the shot hurt or make me sick?


There may be side effects, but they should go away within a few days. This does not mean you have COVID-19. Side effects are signs that the vaccine is working to build immunity. If they don’t go away in a week, or you have more serious symptoms, call your doctor. Common side effects include pain at the injection site, headaches, feeling tired, muscle aches, joint pain, and a low-grade fever. These side effects are from your body making a good immune response and should only last 1-2 days. They are more common in people 18-55 years old and less common in people older than 55 years old. You can take over-the-counter medicines such as Tylenol and ibuprofen to help with the side effects.




What should I do if I experience a bad reaction?


Bad reactions to vaccines are rare but can happen. They are most likely to happen within a few minutes after getting a vaccine. Some examples of bad reactions include fainting and anaphylaxis which can include hives and trouble breathing. We are asking you to stay at the pharmacy for 15-30 minutes after your injection so we can monitor you for reactions and take action if necessary. If you experience a bad reaction after leaving the pharmacy, contact emergency medical services if necessary. The Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) has been around for many years. It is a way for healthcare providers to report adverse events to the CDC and FDA. If you do experience a bad reaction or have to be hospitalized for any reason after getting the vaccine, let your pharmacist know. We are required to report to VAERS if either of these things happen.




Can the COVID-19 vaccine cause infertility?


No. The concern has come from the claim that the spike protein made by the body after getting an mRNA vaccine is similar to Syncitin 1, which is a protein in the placenta, and antibodies would attack the placenta. However, they are not similar enough. There has not been a higher rate of birth defects or abortions in people with COVID-19. There were also some people in the Pfizer and Moderna trials have gotten pregnant. There were few adverse effects for pregnant people in the study and all occurred in the placebo group.




Can I get the COVID-19 vaccine if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?


Pregnant and recently pregnant women are at a higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 than nonpregnant women. Additionally, pregnant women with COVID-19 are at a higher risk for preterm birth and might have a higher risk for other adverse pregnancy outcomes. The CDC recently released new data on the safety of COVID-19 and is recommending the vaccine for all people 12 years and older, including those who are pregnant, breastfeeding, trying to get pregnant, or might become pregnant in the future. Data is still being gathererd, but the evidence about the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy is growing. These data suggest that the benefits of receiving the vaccine outweigh any known or potential risks. There is no evidence currently that any vaccines cause fertility issues in women or men.




Where can I get tested for COVID-19?


If you have symptoms of COVID-19 or think you have been exposed, you should get tested. One option that is free to all Iowans is Test Iowa, a partnership between Iowa Department of Health and the State Hygienic Lab. The tests are self-administered, PCR tests from a salive sample (not a nasal swab). Results typically take 24 hours once received by the lab. Click here to find a pick-up site. There are two ways to get a free COVID-19 at-home test.

  1. Request that kit(s) be mailed to you by filling out a request on the Test Iowa website. Wait time varies can take 7-10 business days. Kits can be sent back via UPS or brought to a drop off location.
  2. Pick up kit(s) at one of the pick-up locations. No appointment is necessary. Some sites offer pick-up and drop-off services where you can test on-site. Other locations are pick-up only and kits are then sent via UPS to the lab.
The cost to mail is paid for by Iowa Department of Public Health, so everything is free to the public. If you need a test result in a particular window of time (for example, within 72 hours of entering a different country or going to a concert venue that requires proof of negative test), consider going to a location that offers pick-up and drop-off services. These locations will generally be faster as you do not have to account for mailing. Medicap Pharmacy does not currently offer COVID-19 testing. If that changes, we will update this page.