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Free COVID-19 Vaccine*
Immunizations will be available at no cost to patients.
COVID-19 Vaccine Coming Soon to Your Pharmacy
At Amigos, we are working hard to support your health. We have partnered with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to provide COVID-19 vaccines to our customers.
We expect all our pharmacies will have the COVID-19 vaccine, when it is more broadly available.
The CDC and each state's public health department will determine who is eligible to receive the vaccine in each phase. For the most current information about vaccine eligibility in Texas, please visit the state's Department of Health and Human Services website.
We are here to help, and we will keep this page updated with the latest information as the situation evolves. For more information about COVID-19, please visit the CDC website.
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About our Pharmacy
Will United Supermarkets offer the COVID-19 vaccine?
Yes, United Supermarkets is part of the federal program to receive the vaccines from the CDC.
Can I schedule or make an appointment for the vaccination?
If you are eligible, you will be able to schedule a vaccine appointment at United Supermarkets for yourself and your family as early as January. Enter your email and phone number here to receive the latest updates on vaccine distribution timing and scheduling.
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 United Supermarkets?
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 wear a mask that covers their nose and mouth when in contact with others outside your household, when in healthcare facilities, and when receiving any vaccine, including a COVID-19 vaccine.
About COVID-19 Vaccine
When will the vaccine be offered to the general public?
The COVID-19 vaccine should be available for most adults in 2021. Adults that fall into a higher risk category, as designated by the CDC, will have access to the vaccine before the general healthy public.
Who is immediately eligible for the vaccine?
Eligibility is determined by each state health department based on recommendations from the CDC. Healthcare personnel and residents of long-term care facilities are recommended to receive the first doses of COVID-19 vaccines as part of phase 1a. Frontline essential workers and people 75 years old and older are recommended as next in line to receive the vaccines in phase 1b. As vaccine availability increases, vaccination recommendations will expand to include more groups.
Is the vaccine free?
Yes, vaccine doses purchased with U.S. taxpayer dollars will be given to the American people at no cost. However, vaccination providers will be able to charge an administration fee for giving the shot to someone. Vaccine providers can get this fee reimbursed by the patient’s public or private insurance company or, for uninsured patients, by the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Provider Relief Fund.
Am I required by law to get a COVID-19 vaccine?
It is unlikely that a law would pass in the United States that that would require getting a COVID-19 vaccine. It is possible that certain activities in the future, such as air travel, concert venues, etc., may require vaccination.
How many doses is the COVID-19 vaccine?
Both the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines are 2 doses separated by 28 or 21 days respectively. A series started with one product should be completed with the same product.
If I have already had coronavirus, do I still need to be vaccinated?
There is not enough information currently available to say if or for how long after infection someone is protected against getting COVID-19 again; this is called natural immunity. Early evidence suggests natural immunity from COVID-19 may not last very long, but more studies are needed to better understand this. Until a vaccine is available and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices makes recommendations to CDC on how to best use COVID-19 vaccines, CDC cannot comment on whether people who had COVID-19 should get a COVID-19 vaccine.
Are there side effects associated with the vaccine?
The side effects from COVID-19 vaccinations may feel like the flu and might affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days. Learn more about what side effects to expect and get helpful tips on how to reduce pain and discomfort after your vaccination.
CDC is also implementing a new smartphone-based tool called v-safe to check in on people’s health after they receive a COVID-19 vaccine. When you receive your vaccine, you should also receive a v-safe information sheet telling you how to enroll in v-safe. If you enroll, you will receive regular text messages directing you to surveys where you can report any problems or adverse reactions you have after receiving 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, 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. Experts need to understand more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide before deciding to change recommendations on steps everyone should take to slow the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. Other factors, including how many people get vaccinated and how the virus is spreading in communities, will also affect this decision.
Is it true that the COVID-19 vaccine is only available to people 18+ years of age? What should I do to protect my younger children who are not old enough to receive the vaccination?
The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is currently indicated for people 16 years of age and older, while the Moderna vaccine is indicated for people 18 years of age and older. While neither COVID-19 vaccine is currently recommended for children, ACIP will continue to reevaluate data as it becomes available.
V-safe is a smartphone-based tool that uses text messaging and web surveys to provide personalized health check-ins after you receive a COVID-19 vaccination. Through v-safe, you can quickly tell CDC if you have any side effects after getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Depending on your answers, someone from CDC may call to check on you and get more information. V-safe will also remind you to get your second COVID-19 vaccine dose if you need one. Your participation in CDC’s v–safe makes a difference — it helps keep COVID-19 vaccines safe. When you get a COVID-19 vaccine, your healthcare provider will give you a v-safe information sheet with instructions on how to register and use v-safe.
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
- Online Consent & Release Form to streamline vaccine processing and reduce the number of patients in the waiting area
- Personal protective equipment (PPE), including face shields, for all pharmacy associates.
- Hand hygiene practiced 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
Transfer Your Prescription to Our Pharmacy
You and your family's health is our top priority. That's why we carefully assess your medication history when filling your prescriptions. We are always here to answer any questions you may have to provide clarity for an easy experience, as well as peace of mind.
- We accept all major insurance plans and are a preferred pharmacy in many of them.
- Auto Refill: Enroll at the pharmacy and we'll notify you when your prescriptions are ready for pickup.
- Mobile App: Download for free to easily manage your family's prescriptions.
- Vaccination Station: Walk-ins welcome for immunizations for flu, shingles, tetanus, and more.** Plus, receive 10% off your next grocery purchase with any immunization.***
- Pet Meds: Protect your furry family members with pet prescriptions.+
- Rewards: Earn rewards for gas or groceries on out-of-pocket purchases.++
*No out-of-pocket cost to patient. Insurance billed for administration fee.
**Available vaccinations vary by location and are subject to state law restrictions.
***Restrictions apply. Not available in New York, New Jersey, or Arkansas.
+Pet prescriptions savings cards are free and available at the pharmacy for pet meds that are also human medications.
++Restrictions and exclusions apply.