COVID-19 Vaccine Information
Gaughn’s Drug Store would like to thank our community for your cooperation and patience through the COVID-19 vaccination process. We understand and recognize this can be stressful on everyone and we assure you we are doing everything in our power to assist the community as best we can. We are only able to offer the number of vaccines we are given, but we promise you we are advocating for the Warren community.
UPDATE: February 24, 2021
UPDATE: February 18, 2021
A video of the Department of Health press conference can be found below.
As you may have heard, the Pennsylvania Department of Health announced yesterday afternoon that a problem was discovered in the supply chain for the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. Specifically, some providers were inappropriately administering doses that were designated for “second doses” as “first doses,” thereby leading to a large depletion of the state vaccine supply. At this point, we are unable to predict how this will affect our vaccine supply over the course of the next few weeks. However, the information that has been communicated by the Department of Health suggests that those who have received their first dose of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine up to this point in any of our clinics may have to have the administration of the second dose pushed back in order to allow the supply chain to be replenished. The State has further indicated that this will also have a substantial limitation on the number of first doses available statewide for the next several weeks.
Current CDC recommendations indicate that extending the interval between the first and second dose of COVID-19 vaccine out to 42 days should still provide adequate immunity based on limited available data.
At this point, if you have an appointment scheduled for a second dose in the coming weeks, we are keeping the previously scheduled appointments for the second doses. We will make decisions as to whether or not we need to reschedule these appointments based on the allocation of vaccine that we receive in the coming weeks. If we need to reschedule your appointment due to this shortage, we will reach out to you directly via phone or the email that you have provided.
We will continue to request doses from the State for first doses, as we have been for the past month, and will continue to work through our list to the best of our ability to administer first doses.
As always, we are incredibly grateful for the support and thanks that we have received from the community throughout this difficult time and we appreciate your patience as we navigate this new hurdle.
Frequently Asked Questions
Below you will find a list of answers to the most commonly asked questions we have been receiving. We will update as we can but share this information to help the public understand our process and to try and alleviate the overwhelming volume of calls and questions we are receiving on a daily basis as we also continue to serve our regular pharmacy patients.
When is it my turn for the vaccine?
The Pennsylvania Department of Health now has a “When is it my turn?” online tool you can use to determine if it is your turn to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Pennsylvania. To access the tool, please click here.
Do you have the vaccine?
We are happy to say Gaughn’s was fortunate enough to begin receiving a small number of COVID-19 vaccine doses from the state and have begun to roll out our process to administer these doses. The demand far exceeds the supply, however. We will continue to request an order on a weekly basis.
How many vaccines will you be getting?
We are and have been placing an order on a weekly basis but the allocation of vaccines is unknown to us and is determined by the state of PA week by week. We are ordering a much higher volume than we’re actually receiving.
Which vaccine will you be getting?
How do I sign up?
You can click the blue button above for the pre-registration form. If you have difficulty and are over the age of 60, please call Warren County’s Area Agency on Aging at 814-723-3763 as they are assisting us with this process. You will NOT receive a confirmation email. You won’t hear from us again until it is your turn to schedule.
Do I need to be a Gaughn’s Drug Store patient or would it be helpful to become a Gaughn’s Drug Store patient in order to get a vaccine?
As much as we welcome the opportunity to take care of new patients, you are not required to get your medications at our store to receive a vaccine. We are going strictly off the phase rollout and our pre-registration list.
What Phase are we in?
We are currently in phase 1A and only these people will be vaccinated at this time. After everyone in this phase is vaccinated, we will move onto phase 1B and so forth. For the most current phase listing, please visit the PA Dept of Health’s website by clicking here.
How do I determine what phase I’m in?
Please visit the PA Dept of Health website by clicking here to determine your phase and eligibility. All of the phases are also described on our pre-registration form.
How do I verify I'm on your list?
If you filled out the pre-registration form and hit the submit button and received a thank you screen, or gave someone at the Area Agency on Aging your information, you are on the list. We have verified this for a couple of hundred people now and haven’t seen anyone that was not on the list.
My phase changed how do I update it?
We are automatically updating phases based on your information provided on your pre-registration form. You can also email us at email@example.com for any updates to your phase. Do not send any personal or medical information in these emails as they are not HIPAA secured.
When will I hear about getting my vaccine and how quickly do you think it will happen?
Once it is your turn to schedule, which is dependent on your position within the phase, the order you scheduled, and our vaccine supply), you will receive an email (or a call from the Area Agency on Aging) with the next steps as well as scheduling times to choose from. This will NOT be immediately following your pre-registration. This could take weeks. We do NOT know how fast this will happen as it is out of our control and dependent on vaccine supply and also your position within this phase. The demand for the vaccine far exceeds our current supply, but we continue to order weekly.
How are you going to choose who will get the vaccine when it arrives?
We will be scheduling patients based on the PA Department of Health phased guidelines, beginning with phase 1A. And from there, it will be based on the order the patient pre-registered.