UPDATE: In addition to flu shots, Giant announced Monday that updated COVID-19 boosters are now available at all Giant in-store pharmacies for those currently eligible for the booster. The updated shots contain Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 spike protein components as part of the vaccine formulation. Pharmacies that offer the Pfizer vaccine can administer updated boosters to people 12 years and older, and those that offer the Moderna vaccine can administer them to anyone 18 years and older. Individuals can get the updated boosters if it has been at least two months since they completed their primary vaccine or their most recent booster. Giant said customers can save time by booking an appointment online. Customers must bring photo ID and a prescription insurance card. The updated booster comes with no out-of-pocket cost, Giant said.
If you’re planning to get a flu shot this year, you should know that they are now available at any local supermarket chain’s pharmacies.
Giant announced on August 30 that its in-store pharmacies now offer flu shots.
“The most effective way to fight the flu is to get your annual flu shot,” Giant director of pharmacy operations Leigh Shirley said in a press release.
“Because the flu virus changes, flu vaccinations are reformulated every year, so it’s important for your entire family to get them, especially older adults and young children,” she said.
The press release also noted that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends anyone six months and older get a flu vaccination by the end of October.
“While the CDC recommends flu shots for anyone over six months old by the end of October, certain groups of people are at greater risk of complications from the flu,” it said. “These groups include people with diabetes, pregnant women, adults over 65, children under 5, people with asthma and other chronic lung diseases, people with kidney and liver disease, patients with heart disease, and people with compromised immune systems.”
Giant pharmacies also offer the COVID-19 vaccine and booster doses, which Shirley said can be given at the same time as a flu shot.
GIANT pharmacies offer different types of flu shots for children, adults and seniors.
According to the press release, most insurance plans cover flu shots at $0 copays, including Medicare Part B, and don’t require appointments.
From Friday, September 16 through Saturday, October 8, select Giant pharmacies will also offer flu vaccination clinics where patients can drive to a designated area of the store’s parking lot and get vaccinated without leaving their car.
The only drive-up flu vaccination events offered at a Lehigh Valley Giant store will be held in Trexlertown on Friday, Sept. 16 from noon to 6 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, Sept. 24. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Trexlertown Giant is located at 7150 Hamilton Boulevard.
Nearest retail pharmacy stores are located at 1880 Leithsville Road, Hellertown; 216 E. Fairmount St., Coopersburg; and 801 S. 25th St., Easton.
The pharmacy’s opening hours are Monday to Friday from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM, Saturday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, and Sunday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
To find the nearest GIANT pharmacy, visit the GIANT website or download the free GIANT Pharmacy App.