Currently the COVID-19 vaccine is UNAVAILABLE at Burry's Pharmacy. We are signed up to be COVID-19 vaccine distributors and will eventually be receiving doses. When the vaccine becomes available at our pharmacy we will be providing a unique scheduling link for people to book an appointment.
Continue to check this page to receive more information as the vaccine becomes available.
Who can get a vaccine in Florida?
Eligible patients in Florida currently include Florida residents who are: 65 years of age and older, health care personnel with direct patient contact, residents and staff of long term care facilities, and persons deemed to be extremely vulnerable to COVID-19 by hospital providers. The Florida Department and Health and Governor DeSantis are responsible for expanding eligibility and rolling out additional phases of administration as more people are vaccinated and more doses become available.
Pfizer and moderna vaccines
How do mRNA vaccines work?
Conventional vaccines like influenza, shingles, and pneumonia vaccines usually contain either an inactivated portion of a virus, a live viral vector, a protein subunit, or a virus-like particle. These are all considered antigens, which are recognized by the body as an infectious agent. By doing so, these vaccines stimulate the body’s immune system to fight the infectious agent and be ready to provide a more rapid response if exposed to it again in the future.
Unlike normal vaccines, an mRNA vaccine works by using your body’s existing machinery: the cell’s processes of making DNA, RNA, and eventually proteins! Rather than injecting a protein into the body, the vaccine inserts a messenger RNA (mRNA) sequence (the genetic sequence that contains directions for what molecules to build) which is coded to produce only a fragment of the disease-specific antigen for the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
Once produced within the body, the antigen will be recognized by your immune system, preparing it to fight the real virus if it is exposed to it in the future, without causing the actual disease. The body does this by making their own proteins, called antibodies, that can neutralize the antigen and the real virus if you ever get infected. Your body will also make memory cells that can produce antibodies at a much faster rate during future exposures.
Each person will require two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. Two doses allows your body the chance to produce more immune-system barriers against the virus.