LANDOVER, Md. — Giant Food announced Thursday that seasonal flu vaccinations are once again available at all 153 in-store pharmacies for both adults and children*. The vaccinations are administered by Giant’s certified in-store pharmacists, require no appointment, and are often covered in-full by most insurance plans.
New this year, Giant has partnered with the Hope for Henry Foundation, experts in improving pediatric patient experiences, to address vaccination hesitancy due to needle phobia with a new Super Rewards for Vaccinationsprogram. With clear, simple explanations of each step of the vaccination process and stickers to mark their progress, the program helps curb the fears children often feel when getting immunized.
Customers can find the Super Rewards ‘game boards’ at Giant pharmacies by asking the pharmacy team. Giant is also currently administering pediatric COVID-19 vaccinations of either Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna for children 3 years of age and older at select pharmacies.
“We are proud that our community prioritizes their health and Giant Pharmacy is continuing to find the most efficient ways to offer vaccines to both adults and children so they can head into the busy back-to-school season well prepared,” said Paul Zvaleny, Giant Food Director of Pharmacy Operations. “Through our partnership with the Hope for Henry Foundation and the ability to travel to immunization clinics, our specially trained and dedicated pharmacists go above and beyond to make any vaccination process as smooth as possible.”
“Hope for Henry is thrilled to partner with Giant Pharmacy to bring our Super Rewards for Vaccinations program to more kids and their families,” said Laurie Strongin, CEO, Hope for Henry Foundation. “Making the vaccination process simpler and more enjoyable for both the child and guardian reduces fear and anxiety, improves vaccination rates, and protects our children.”
To help customers stay healthy throughout the flu season, Giant has made getting vaccinations simple and easy with no appointment needed. Insurance companies, including Medicare, are billed directly, often at $0 copays. The flu vaccines offered this season will cover four strains of the flu virus and Giant will again offer high-dose flu vaccines for adults aged 65 and older. Pharmacists can recommend and administer the appropriate immunizations based on specific patient needs and all customers receiving flu shots will be offered a complimentary short questionnaire designed to identify any missing vaccinations.
Giant is also bringing back its signature Airstream this season for mobile immunization clinics at locations throughout the region to provide as many individuals and families as possible the opportunity to receive the recommended flu and other necessary vaccines.