COVID-19 Vaccine and Testing Solutions

Available at the Pharmacy*

*The Pfizer vaccine is available to individuals age 5 years or older. The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are available to individuals age 18 years or older.

The COVID-19 Vaccine

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) highly recommends everyone receive the COVID-19 vaccination to help reduce the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Vaccination is an effective strategy to lessen the incidence of COVID-19 infections, especially those that cause severe illness, hospitalization and death. The COVID-19 vaccine is currently available, depending on manufacturer, to individuals 5 years and older. Make an appointment or stop in at your local pharmacy to get your COVID-19 vaccine today!

COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    COVID-19 vaccines remain safe and effective. They prevent severe illness, hospitalization, and death. Vaccines make people more likely to have a milder and shorter illness compared to those who are unvaccinated.

    Our pharmacies are administering FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccines to patients age 5 years and older! Make your appointment today!

    The federal government is providing the vaccine free of charge to all people living in the United States, regardless of their immigration or health insurance status.

    COVID-19 vaccination providers cannot:

    • Charge you for the vaccine
    • Charge you directly for any administration fees, copays, or coinsurance
    • Deny vaccination to anyone who does not have health insurance coverage, is underinsured, or is out of network
    • Charge an office visit or other fee to the recipient if the only service provided is a COVID-19 vaccination
    • Require additional services in order for a person to receive a COVID-19 vaccine; however, additional healthcare services can be provided at the same time and billed as appropriate

    COVID-19 vaccination providers can:

    All three vaccines authorized in the United States are safe and effective. They cannot be compared because the vaccines have not been studied in head-to-head comparisons or trials. Additionally, the clinical trials for each vaccine occurred in different circumstances that may have influenced the trial outcomes like geography, points in time, and variant circulations. The FDA, CDC, and ACIP have not declared preference for one vaccine over another. The best vaccine is the first one available to you!

    Depending on the area, our pharmacies will administer Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and/or Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines. All three vaccines are safe and effective, and there is no preference for one product over another.

    The Johnson & Johnson vaccine only requires one dose to complete the primary vaccine series. If you have a weakened immune system, it is recommended you receive more than one dose for optimal protection. The Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines require two doses to complete the primary vaccine series. The first dose builds protection and the second dose strengthens the immune response.

    Our pharmacies are trained and ready to administer the COVID-19 vaccines. As doses are allocated to us, we are administering in accordance with jurisdiction-defined eligibility.

    Patients with a weakened immune system are recommended to receive an additional dose of the COVID-19 vaccine because they are most likely to get severely ill and are at a higher risk for prolonged infection. Our pharmacies and clinics are able to provide additional doses to eligible patients.

    Booster doses of a vaccine are needed when evidence shows the vaccinated population’s immune response over time is waning or weakening. Additional doses of a vaccine are needed when evidence shows the vaccinated population’s immune response over time is insufficient.

    Studies show immunocompromised people need an additional dose of the COVID-19 vaccine because they don’t always build the same level of immunity the way non-immunocompromised people do, and an additional dose promotes adequate protection.

For more COVID-19 related FAQs and information, please visit the CDC's website here.

Our Available COVID-19 Testing Services

COVID-19 testing is important to identify those who might have the virus and thus prevent continued spread, as well as to offer appropriate monitoring and treatments. The CDC recommends that anyone with any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 get tested, regardless of vaccination status or prior infection. For the continued safety of our patients, staff and store customers, purchasing an at-home test kit is highly recommended. This is especially recommended for patients currently exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms.

BinaxNOW COVID-19 Antigen Self Test

The BinaxNOW COVID-19 Antigen Self Test is a serial rapid antigen test that allows you to perform sample collection at home and receive results within 15 minutes.

    • You can purchase the BinaxNOW COVID-19 Antigen Self Test in-store or on our website. There is no appointment or prescription necessary. Please visit our website to find a participating store near you.
    • Once home, follow the instructions included with the kit to perform the nasal swab sample collection and complete the test.
    • Results are typically available within 15 minutes of test completion. Review the instructions included in the kit for details on how to determine test results.
    • Perform the second test included in the kit three days later with at least 36 hours between tests.
    • The cost of this test is $23.99, due at the time of purchase. As of 1/15/2022, at-home COVID-19 tests may be covered by your insurance. Save your receipt and contact your insurance provider for reimbursement.
    • The BinaxNOW COVID-19 Antigen Self Test is currently available in-store and on our website.
    • Click here to order your kit.
    • This product has not been FDA cleared or approved; but has been authorized by FDA under an EUA;
    • This product has been authorized only for the detection of proteins from SARS- CoV-2, not for any other viruses or pathogens; and,
    • This product is only authorized for the duration of the declaration that circumstances exist justifying the authorization of emergency use of in vitro diagnostics for detection and/or diagnosis of COVID-19 under Section 564(b)(1) of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, 21 U.S.C. § 360bbb3(b)(1), unless the declaration is terminated or authorization is revoked sooner.

QuickVue At-Home OTC COVID-19 Test

The QuickVue At-Home OTC COVID-19 Test is a serial rapid antigen test that allows you to perform sample collection at home and receive results within 10 minutes.

    • You can purchase the QuickVue At-Home OTC COVID-19 Test in select stores. There is no appointment or prescription necessary. Find store near you.
    • Once home, follow the instructions included with the kit to perform the nasal swab sample collection and complete the test.
    • Results are typically available within 10 minutes of test completion. Review the instructions included in the kit for details on how to determine test results.
    • Perform the second test included in the kit three days later with at least 36 hours between tests.

    • The cost of this test is $23.99, due at the time of purchase. As of 1/15/2022, at-home COVID-19 tests may be covered by your insurance. Save your receipt and contact your insurance provider for reimbursement.

    • The QuickVue At-Home OTC COVID-19 Test is currently available in select stores.
    • Click here to find a store near you.
    • This product has not been FDA cleared or approved; but has been authorized by FDA under an EUA;
    • This product has been authorized only for the detection of proteins from SARS- CoV-2, not for any other viruses or pathogens; and,
    • This product is only authorized for the duration of the declaration that circumstances exist justifying the authorization of emergency use of in vitro diagnostics for detection and/or diagnosis of COVID-19 under Section 564(b)(1) of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, 21 U.S.C. § 360bbb3(b)(1), unless the declaration is terminated or authorization is revoked sooner.

COVID-19 Testing Services Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    The Kroger Health COVID-19 Test Home Collection Kit is available for over-the-counter purchase at select pharmacy locations. Contact your local pharmacy to confirm test availability. Over the counter COVID-19 rapid antigen testing options are also available at most pharmacies.

    At this time, COVID-19 antibody testing is not available at Our Family of Pharmacies.

    Common symptoms include fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, and/or new loss of taste or smell. For the complete list of COVID-19 symptoms and what you can do to better protect yourself, please refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    The Kroger Health COVID-19 Test Home Collection Kit is available for individuals 16+.

    The BinaxNOW COVID-19 Antigen Self-Test is available for individuals 2+.

    The QuickVue At-Home OTC COVID-19 Test is available for individuals 2+.

    The Kroger Health COVID-19 Test Home Collection Kit relies on a nasal swab.

    The BinaxNOW COVID-19 Antigen Self-Test relies on a nasal swab.

    The QuickVue At-Home OTC COVID-19 Test relies on a nasal swab.

    The results of all rapid tests will be available within approximately 15-30 minutes. The results for the send-out tests are typically available within 72 to 96 hours, since they are sent to an off-site approved lab for processing. Positive results will be reported to you over the phone by one of our providers, along with recommendations for follow-up care.

    Physician referrals are NOT required for any of the COVID-19 tests.

    It’s important to keep up with the latest about COVID-19. An excellent resource for information is the CDC’s Coronavirus Disease website.

For more COVID-19 related FAQs and information, please visit the CDC's website here.

Tools & Resources

†The Pfizer vaccine has been approved by FDA for use in individuals 16 years of age and older. For individuals age 5-15 years old, this product has not been approved or licensed by FDA, but has been authorized for emergency use by FDA, under an EUA to prevent Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). The emergency use of this product is only authorized for the duration of the declaration that circumstances exist justifying the authorization of emergency use of the medical product under Section 564(b)(1) of the FD&C Act unless the declaration is terminated or authorization revoked sooner.

The Moderna and J&J vaccines have not been approved or licensed by FDA, but have been authorized for emergency use by FDA, under an EUA to prevent Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) for use in individuals 18 years of age and older; and the emergency use of these products is only authorized for the duration of the declaration that circumstances exist justifying the authorization of emergency use of the medical products under Section 564(b)(1) of the FD&C Act unless the declaration is terminated or authorization revoked sooner.

The molecular, antigen, and antibody (collectively, “Tests”) have not been FDA cleared or approved;

All Tests have been authorized by FDA under EUAs for use by authorized laboratories or are CLIA-waived tests;

The molecular tests have been authorized only for the detection of nucleic acid from SARS-CoV-2, not for any other viruses or pathogens;

The antigen tests have been authorized only for the detection of proteins from SARS-CoV-2, not for any other viruses or pathogens;

The antibody tests have been authorized only for the presence of IgM and IgG antibodies against SARS-CoV-2, not for any other viruses or pathogens; and,

Tests are only authorized for the duration of the declaration that circumstances exist justifying the authorization of emergency use of in vitro diagnostics for detection and/or diagnosis of COVID-19 under Section 564(b)(1) of the Act, 21 U.S.C. § 360bbb-3(b)(1), unless the authorization is terminated or revoked sooner.

COVID-19 Vaccine & Testing Solutions

When it comes to protecting yourself and others from COVID-19, testing solutions and vaccines are essential tools.

The COVID-19 Vaccine

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) highly recommends that everyone receive the COVID-19 vaccine series to help reduce the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. There are currently three authorized COVID-19 vaccines, and though each is a little different, they all have the same goal: to protect you! The COVID-19 vaccine is currently available, depending on manufacturer, to individuals 5 years and older. Schedule an appointment or stop in at your local pharmacy to get your COVID-19 vaccine or booster shot today.

COVID-19 Testing Services

COVID-19 testing is important in reducing the spread of COVID-19. The CDC recommends that anyone who has knowingly been exposed to or is exhibiting any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 get tested regardless of vaccination status or prior infection. Whether you’re looking for an at-home test kit or you’re interested in scheduling an appointment with a healthcare provider, we’re here to help. Explore the available COVID-19 testing services to determine which is best for you.

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