About our Pharmacy
Will my pharmacy have the vaccine?
Yes, Safeway is part of the federal program to receive vaccine from the CDC. Currently, supply is allocated by state and local health departments as well as the federal government. Stores may receive supply that is withheld from the general public in order to fulfill second dose appointments or for specific prioritized recipients specified by the state and local health department.
For more information about the plan for COVID-19 vaccination in your area, please contact your state or local health department state or local health department. For scheduling information, our pharmacy webpage is updated frequently with the latest information and is the most effective way to schedule an appointment.
How can I make an appointment for the vaccine?
If you are eligible and your store has supply, you may schedule an appointment here. Alternatively, all of our loations are taking walk-ins.
If there are no available appointments, please continue to check our website. Note that our pharmacists do not have access to appointments that are not availalbe on our webpage.
Who will administer the vaccine?
The COVID-19 vaccine will be administered in accordance with state law and federal guidance by our pharmacists, pharmacy interns, and technicians.
Do I have to wear a mask to get the vaccine at Safeway?
Yes, we require customers across all of our locations to wear face coverings when shopping with us, for their protection and for that of our associates.
Additionally, CDC recommends that during the pandemic people age 2 and older should wear masks in public settings and when around people who don't live in their household. This would include visiting a pharmacy or clinic to receive any vaccine, including the COVID-19 vaccine.
How do I reschedule or cancel my appointment?
If you received a confirmation email, select "Scheduling Control". If you received a confirmation text, click on the link.
You can cancel your appointment or select another available date and time. If you need to change locations, please cancel your appointment and schedule a new appointment by selecting the “Two Dose COVID Vaccine Appt- Dose 2” option.
How do I schedule my second dose?
If the vaccine you received requires a second dose, you will schedule that after you’ve received your first dose. A follow-up email or text message will be sent to you shortly after your dose 1 appointment time has passed. Follow the prompts to schedule your dose 2 appointment.
About COVID-19 Vaccine
Is the vaccine free?
Yes, vaccine doses purchased with U.S. taxpayer dollars will be administered to patients with no out-of-pocket cost.
Please bring proof of insurance to your appointment, including any Medicare, Medicaid, pharmacy, and medical cards. If you do not have insurance, please bring state identification/driver’s license (if available).
How many doses is the COVID-19 vaccine?
The number of doses depends on which COVID-19 vaccine you receive. The Janssen vaccine by Jonson & Johnson is a single dose. The Moderna vaccine is 2 doses separated by 28 days. The Pfizer vaccine is 2 doses separated by 21 days. A series started with one product must be completed with the same product.
What should I do if I received the Janssen vaccine by Johnson & Johnson?
For updated information on the Janssen vaccine by Johnson & Johnson, visit the CDC website.
What happens if I have an allergic reaction to the vaccine?
Our pharmacy staff are specially trained and prepared to react to severe adverse events like allergic reactions. You will be asked to wait for 15 to 30 minutes after the vaccine depending on your history of allergic reactions. You can learn more about COVID-19 vaccines and allergic reactions from the CDC.
Are there side effects associated with the vaccine?
Many people feel some flu-like side effects as a normal response after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. Some common reactions are discomfort or swelling at the site of injection, fever, chills, tiredness, and headache. This may affect your ability to do daily activities, but should go away in a few days.
Get helpful tips on how to reduce discomfort after your vaccination from the CDC.
After you receive your vaccine, you can enroll in the v-safe program through the CDC, which provides personalized check-ins through text messaging and web surveys. Someone from the CDC may call to check on you based on your answers. Click here to enroll for v-safe.
If I have already had coronavirus, do I still need to be vaccinated?
Yes. Reinfection with COVID-19 is not common, but it is possible. Therefore, the CDC recommends vaccination even if you have had and recovered from COVID-19. If you were treated for COVID-19 symptoms with monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma, you should wait 90 days before getting a COVID-19 vaccine.
After I get the vaccine, can I stop wearing a mask?
No. While experts learn more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide under real-life conditions, it will be important for everyone to continue using all the tools available to us to help slow virus spread, like covering your mouth and nose with a mask while in public and when around certain individuals, washing hands often, and staying at least 6 feet away from others. Together, the COVID-19 vaccination and following the CDC's recommendations for how to protect yourself and others will offer the best protection from getting and spreading COVID-19. Visit the CDC website for details about recommendations for fully vaccinated people.
Can I get my COVID-19 vaccine at the same time as other vaccines?
Other vaccines should be separated from COVID-19 vaccine by at least 14 days. If COVID-19 vaccine is inadvertently given within 14 days of another vaccine, you do not need to restart the COVID-19 vaccine series and should still complete it on schedule. CDC may update this recommendation when more data is available.
Can children receive the COVID-19 vaccines?
The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is currently authorized for people 12 years of age and older, while the Moderna and Janssen by Johnson & Johnson vaccines are authorized for people 18 years of age and older. Studies are currently being conducted to determine if the vaccine is safe and effective in younger age groups.