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Hy-Vee Pharmacy Locations Now Offering Free Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Booster Vaccines to 16- and 17-Year-Olds

December 10, 2021 | News & Press Releases

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (Dec. 9, 2021) — Hy-Vee, Inc. announces today that free Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine booster doses are now available to 16- and 17-year-olds at Hy-Vee Pharmacy locations across its 
eight-state region. 

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend a booster dose for Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine recipients ages 16 and older at least 6 months after their second vaccine dose. Patients ages 16 and 17 receiving a booster dose may NOT mix-and-match vaccines. At this time, Pfizer-BioNTech is the only vaccine authorized for minors.  

COVID-19 vaccinations are available at Hy-Vee Pharmacy locations by appointment only. Patients can schedule their COVID-19 vaccination by visiting

A parent or legal guardian must consent to the vaccination and accompany all minors to their vaccination. The booster vaccines are free to all eligible patients, regardless of their insurance coverage. 

The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine approved for individuals 12 years of age and older requires two doses (known as the primary series). The second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine should be administered at least 21 days after the first dose. However, a booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is ONLY available for individuals ages 16 and older, and should be administered at least 6 months after the second dose. 

Individuals ages 16 and older receiving a COVID-19 first, second, booster or third vaccine dose can receive their flu shot during the same appointment by requesting it with the pharmacy team. 

It is recommended (but not required) that vaccine recipients bring the following to their appointment: insurance card (if they have insurance) and Medicare Part B red, white and blue card (if Medicare recipient); photo ID; and their COVID-19 vaccination record card. Masks are required. If individuals do not have insurance, they can still be vaccinated. 

For more information about COVID-19 vaccines, visit


Hy-Vee, Inc. is an employee-owned corporation operating more than 285 retail stores across eight Midwestern states with sales of more than $12 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 3 favorite grocery stores. The company’s more than 91,000 employees provide “A Helpful Smile in Every Aisle” to customers every day. For additional information, visit