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COVID-19 Vaccine & Testing Information

(updated January 13, 2021)

Click here to schedule your in-store vaccine using our all-in-one scheduling tool!

COVID-19 PCR Tests

Port Pharmacy is proud to take another step towards serving the community during the COVID-19 pandemic by beginning to offer no-cost COVID-19 testing at our store! 

About the tests:

  • PCR test with 99.98% accuracy using saliva instead of nasal swabs
  • Tests are conveniently conducted from your vehicle outside of the store
  • Simple to administer – you just spit into a tube! See the video below for example.
  • Port Pharmacy sends the sample to an accredited lab who will test your saliva for the virus and bill your insurance directly.
  • Results are emailed to you quickly within 36 to 72 hours quick test (results to you in 36 to 72 hours) for COVID-19. 
    • Please note that turnaround time for receiving test results is dependent upon shipping and processing time by the lab and are not guaranteed. While many results do come back quickly, we have no control over the timing once the test has been sent to the lab. We appreciate your understanding!

Cost

  • For those that meet medical necessity the test will be billed to your insurance at zero out of pocket cost.  No copays.  No deductibles. 
    • Medical necessity means at LEAST 3 symptoms of COVID-19 or a recent exposure to COVID-19 with or without symptoms. 
  • For those who are uninsured, there are government funds available to cover the cost, so in both cases, there is no out of pocket cost for a qualifying test. 
  • For those who still want to be tested but who are not symptomatic or have not been exposed (such as those who need to be tested for travel), the test is available for an out-of-pocket cost of $125. 

To Register:

Please register with our partner rxcovidtest.com.  There you will enter your demographic information, symptoms, and insurance information.  Once you have registered for the test through this website, please contact us to have the test administered.

COVID-19 Vaccines

On Friday, December 17th, the CDC updated recommendations for COVID-19 vaccines to include a preference for the mRNA (Pfizer or Moderna) vaccines over the Janssen/J&J vaccine due to concerns for a rare form of blood clots and a lower level of protection against COVID-19.  While the overall risk of developing the blood clots is rare (approximately 1 per 100,000 doses administered) the risk is greatest for women ages 18-49 years old.

Please see the following links for additional information:

Our pharmacy will continue to offer the J&J vaccine as an option for our patients but recommend that our patients consider one of the mRNA vaccines as the preferred option in light of this new recommendation.

(updated December 6, 2021)

Current CDC guidelines recommend that all adults & children over the age of 5 should obtain an age-appropriate COVID-19 vaccine, regardless of history of previous infection.  Vaccination continues to be the best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as well as to reduce the likelihood of developing severe symptoms should an infection occur.  All adults 18 and over who have been previously vaccinated should also obtain a booster shot at 2 months (if J&J was the original vaccine received) or at 6 months following the second dose of a Moderna vaccine.

Visit the CDC website for detailed information about vaccine recommendations, side effects and answers to frequently asked questions about the vaccine.

At Port Pharmacy we continue to have a number of vaccine appointments available at our store each day and are offering all COVID-19 vaccines for both initial and booster doses.  We are also stocked with flu, pneumonia and shingles vaccines along with others.  In addition to appointments, we are able to handle a limited number of walk-in appointments daily, however, wait times may be substantially longer for walk-ins.  We are offering all vaccines every day.

Our staff are available daily to answer questions about COVID-19 vaccines, COVID-19 testing and quarantine recommendations and other health care questions.

Click here to schedule your in-store vaccine using our all-in-one scheduling tool!

Please note:  As we continue to attempt to minimize crowding in our store, we do request that you make an appointment, although we will have a limited capacity to offer walk-in appointments every day.  To avoid crowds and longer than usual wait times, the best plan is to make an appointment on-line or call the store ahead of time and we can sign you up.

Check back frequently for regular updates on the evolving COVID-19 vaccine recommendations.

Port Allegany Pharmacy would like to thank our community for your cooperation and patience throughout the entire COVID-19 vaccination process.