COVID-19 VACCINE

What to know…

Logan Primary Pharmacy is committed to bringing you the best information available regarding the vaccination and scheduling your immunization!

Should I get the vaccine?

We firmly believe in the COVID-19 vaccine and will be offering it soon. The decision to receive the vaccine, or not, is a very personal one wrought with tough decisions, but we are here to help you sort through those questions. It is important to dispel the common misconceptions so as to base your decision on facts. Such as the fact that these vaccines were properly vetted through testing as others were, but had the distinction of getting rushed through the red tape that normally delays approvals for long periods.

When can I get the vaccine?

We are fully approved to become a COVID-19 Vaccinator by the State of Illinois and the CDC, but they have not allowed us to procure the vaccine yet. When we are released to vaccinate we will have to follow the state-mandated priority list. For more on the list please visit the Illinois Department of Public Health FAQ.

How do I find out when Logan Primary Pharmacy will be ready to vaccinate?

The best place to find the most up-to-date information is this website and our social media pages. To receive alerts as to when things change please follow our social media pages:

Carterville Family Drug: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FamilyDrugofCarterville
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cartervillefamilydrug/
Carbondale Family Drug: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FamilyDrugofCarbondale
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/carbondalefamilydrug/

When I am ready to schedule a vaccination how do I do it?

Our scheduling tab will be updated when we can begin scheduling COVID-19 vaccinations. The site will have the ability to schedule time slots and allow you to fill out the online consent form that is mandatory prior to vaccination. There should be no cost for the vaccination.

What should I expect when I come for the vaccination?

Once you have scheduled your appointment you should arrive to the location early and may be able to get you in ahead of schedule if we are running early. You should call 33-PHARMACY (337-427-6229) upon arrival to check in. When we are ready we will bring you inside. Please wear clothing appropriate to access you entire shoulder. The vaccination areas may not be private and there is no disrobing area available. After a briefing by the vaccinator, including answering a few time sensitive questions you may have, we will provide the vaccination and then have you wait in the designated holding area for the mandated 15 minute period (*note: some health situations may require a longer holding time). After the holding time we will release you.

How should I expect to react from the vaccination

Everybody reacts differently, but it is important to be prepared for what could happen and understand what is normal to expect versus what is abnormal. Most people will react mildly to the first dose and report the most common reaction as injection site tenderness (pain and swelling), with some reporting low grade fever, chills, tiredness and headache. The second dose is expected to yield a greater reaction than the first and could have any or all of the previous mentioned reactions. Some have reported nausea with the second dose as well.

It is very important to understand that these reactions are expected and indicate a positive immune response. It is recommended to rest thoroughly during the time after the injection to allow your body to work through the immune response phases and produce the appropriate amount of antibodies to give your body protection against COVID-19. Try to avoid pre-medicating at least 2 days before the injection with anti-inflammatories and fever reducers (NSAIDS known as ibuprofen, naproxen, indomethacin, nabumetone, ketorolac, celecoxib and others, or Tylenol or acetaminophen). If you feel the need to medicate aferward, try to wait as long as you can and stick with Tylenol or acetaminophen only for several days after the injection.

For more information on adverse reactions and how to reduce the pain and discomfort see the CDC website.

Resources:

CDC COVID-19 Vaccine Resource Guide

Illinois Covid-19 Mass Vaccination Plan

Illinois Pharmacists Association COVID-19 Resource Page