COVID 19

COVID-19 is a disease caused by a virus called SARS-CoV-2. Most people with COVID-19 have mild symptoms, but some people become severely ill. The U.S. COVID-19 Vaccination Program began December 14, 2020. HomeTown Pharmacy quickly became involved in the vaccination and testing programs to protect and serve its communities. As the pandemic has evolved, HomeTown has continued to be on the forefront of the battle by working with state officials and local providers to dispense cutting edge monoclonal antibodies. Our team of pharmacy professionals will continue to monitor this pandemic and provide the latest services and treatment options until it is resolved.

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This mRNA-type COVID-19 vaccine is currently a two to three dose primary series depending upon the age of the patient. Children 6 months to 17 years should be given the first primary dose followed by a second primary dose 3-8 weeks apart. Children 6 months to 4 years old should be given a third primary dose 8 weeks after the second dose. Children 5-17 years should obtain a third dose of the updated Bivalent booster at least 2 months after their second primary dose.

Adults (18 years and older) should obtain a primary dose with the second primary dose 3-8 weeks after the first dose. A third dose of the updated Bivalent booster is recommended at least 2 months after their second primary dose.

This mRNA-type COVID-19 vaccine is for patients 18 years and older. It is a two dose primary series given 4-8 weeks apart followed by the updated Bivalent booster at least 2 months after the second primary series.

This viral vector-type COVID-19 vaccine for patients 18 years and older was initially a one shot primary series. The monovalent J&J/Janssen booster is now only available in limited situations. In most patients, Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 Bivalent vaccines are recommended at least 2 months after the initial series.

This Protein subunit vaccine contain pieces (spike proteins) of the virus that causes COVID-19. This protein-based approach is a more traditional one for vaccine development than the mRNA vaccines from Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna. The Novavax COVID-19 is for patients 18 years and older. It is a two dose primary series given 3-8 weeks apart followed by the updated Bivalent booster at least 2 months after the second primary series.

These types of tests are typically self-tests that can be taken at home or anywhere, are easy to use and produce rapid results. There are many different brands available so it’s important to carefully read the directions and follow the instructions exactly to ensure accurate results. The sample is usually collected using a nasal swab with results available in 15-30 minutes. Results may be less reliable for people without symptoms and may require a follow-up test.

These types of tests are typically performed by a healthcare professional. The most common is done by swapping the nasal cavity to collect the specimen. The specimen is then sent to a laboratory for evaluation which is typically completed and available in 1-5 days. Results are reliable for people with and without symptoms and a follow up test is not required.

HomeTown Pharmacy #21 – Shelby
178 N. Michigan Ave.
Shelby, MI  49455
231-861-4341

HomeTown Pharmacy #62 – Pandora
112 E. Main St.
Pandora, OH 45877
419-384-3303

HomeTown Pharmacy LTC #1 – Kalamazoo
714 Shoppers Lane
Parchment, MI 49004
800.-432-0677

HomeTown Pharmacy LTC #2 – Chelsea
1123 S. Main St.
Chelsea, MI 48118
800-792-4880

HomeTown Pharmacy LTC #3 – Rockford
4382 14 Mile Rd.
Rockford, MI 49341
800-258-2550

HomeTown Pharmacy LTC #4 – Traverse City
404 W. Commerce Dr.
Suite B
Traverse City, MI 49685
855-644-4144

HomeTown Pharmacy LTC #5 – Pandora
112 E. Main St.
Pandora, OH 45877
888-384-3303

HomeTown Health Center
4388 14 Mile Rd. NE
Rockford, MI 49341
616-215-5151