Hy-Vee Partners with Johnson County, Kansas, to Administer Its First COVID-19 Vaccines in the State
February 15, 2021 | News & Press Releases
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (Feb. 15, 2021) — This week, Hy-Vee, Inc. is partnering with the Johnson County Health Department in Kansas to administer its first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to residents of senior housing and independent living facilities using mobile vaccine clinics. The vaccination clinics begin today and will continue throughout the week.
Altogether, approximately 1,700 residents from 23 senior housing and independent living facilities will be vaccinated by the end of the week with the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. Hy-Vee pharmacists will return to each of the facilities within approximately 21 days after the first dose to administer the second dose. The list of facilities can be found below.
“Hy-Vee’s eight-state footprint and bandwidth of more than 270 pharmacies gives us the unique opportunity to offer much-needed vaccine accessibility to both urban and rural communities across the Midwest,” said Aaron Wiese, Hy-Vee’s executive vice president of business innovation and chief health officer. “Our team of more than 2,700 pharmacists and pharmacy technicians are committed to following all CDC guidelines, and we have processes in place to ensure the administration of the vaccines are done so in a safe and efficient manner.”
Hy-Vee is part of a select group of retailers that was selected earlier this year by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to be a national COVID-19 vaccine provider. Recently, Hy-Vee began vaccinating to residents in Iowa and South Dakota through the federal partnership, receiving vaccine supply directly from the CDC. Hy-Vee is also working locally with state and county governments to provide vaccinations in select areas of Illinois, Minnesota and Nebraska. The vaccine is free to all patients.
Hy-Vee pharmacy members are required to wear masks and other personal protective equipment when administering vaccines. All patients must also wear masks during the vaccination process and are encouraged to practice social distancing when at the pharmacy locations. To learn more about Hy-Vee’s COVID-19 vaccination services, patients can visit www.hy-vee.com/covidvaccine.
In addition, Hy-Vee offers free COVID-19 lab testing (molecular PCR) at nearly 200 pharmacy locations, rapid antigen COVID-19 testing available for a minimal cost at more than 60 pharmacy locations and rapid antibody testing to test for past COVID-19 infection, available for a minimal cost at more than 250 pharmacy locations. To schedule a testing appointment, patients can visit www.hy-vee.com/covidtesting.
Hy-Vee is currently searching for more than 1,000 pharmacy technicians to assist with COVID-19 testing and COVID-19 vaccine administration as more doses become available. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply at www.hy-vee.com/careers. In addition to enjoying a number of competitive benefits including a 10% employee discount, competitive pay and flexible scheduling, technicians who assist with the rapid antigen COVID-19 tests are eligible to receive a $250 bonus.
Hy-Vee, Inc. is an employee-owned corporation operating more than 275 retail stores across eight Midwestern states with sales of $11 billion annually. The supermarket chain is synonymous with quality, variety, convenience, healthy lifestyles, culinary expertise and superior customer service. Hy-Vee ranks in the Top 10 Most Trusted Brands and has been named one of America’s Top 5 favorite grocery stores. The company’s more than 88,000 employees provide “A Helpful Smile in Every Aisle” to customers every day. For additional information, visit www.hy-vee.com.
Locations Hy-Vee will be vaccinating at:
• Aspen Ridge
• Bethel Estates of Gardner
• Bloom Senior Living
• Bluejacket Lodge
• Legacy Senior Residences
• Mission Square Independent Senior Living
• Novel Place Senior Living
• Olathe Towers & College Way Village
• Overland Park Place
• Overland Towers Apartments
• Rosewood Place Seniors Apartments
• Santa Fe Towers Apartments
• Sunflower Apartments
• The Fairways at Ironhorse
• The Gardens at Creekside
• The Grand Estates on Greenwood
• Town Village of Leawood
• Valley Springs Senior Apartments
• Village Cooperative Lenexa
• Village Cooperative Olathe
• Village Cooperative Overland Park
• Village Cooperative Shawnee
• Wyndam Place Senior Apartment Homes