Hy-Vee will be administering COVID-19 vaccines once they become available to our pharmacies. Our Hy-Vee pharmacy team is prepared to administer the vaccines safely and efficiently in accordance with the requirements and recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Please note: In the event of a discrepancy between the information on hy-vee.com and cdc.gov, please follow the CDC's guidance.
Updated Dec. 28, 2020
Several additional vaccines are expected to be authorized for emergency use by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in the upcoming months.
According to CDC guidance, COVID-19 vaccines are currently only available right now to the following:
Health care workers
Residents of long-term care facilities
If you fall into one of these groups, you will hear from your local health official or employer directly. As more quantities of the vaccines become available, more populations will be eligible to get vaccinated.
The CDC has developed a three-phased vaccine distribution plan for administering COVID-19 vaccines. Phase 1 is divided into three parts: 1A, 1B, and 1C.
The CDC is expected to provide additional distribution guidance for Phases 2 and 3 as the vaccine supply increases. State-, age-, and health-related restrictions may also apply.
* The CDC classifies "front line essential workers" as the following: first responders (firefighters, police), individuals working in education (teachers, support staff, daycare), individuals working in the food and agriculture industry, individuals working in the manufacturing industry, corrections workers, U.S. Postal Service workers, public transit workers and grocery store workers.
** The CDC classifies "other essential workers" as individuals working in the following industries: transportation and logistics, food service, shelter and housing (construction), finance, IT and communication, energy, media, legal, public safety (engineers) and water and wastewater.
Hy-Vee’s vaccination services will continue to be conducted in compliance with the “CDC’s Guidance for Immunization Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic” for the safe administration of vaccines. For example, 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 location.
Hy-Vee continues to follow CDC guidelines for safety and precautions. Hy-Vee’s stores, including its pharmacy areas, maintain enhanced cleaning regimens, placing extra emphasis on high-touch surfaces like door handles, PIN pads at the checkout, and more.
According to the CDC, patients can expect to experience mild side effects from the vaccines. Common side effects include pain or swelling in the arm where the vaccine was administered, fever, chills, tiredness and headache. Symptoms should be temporary and are expected to go away in a few days.
Other potential side effects will vary depending on the specific vaccine. The CDC provides further information here.
If redness or tenderness where you received the vaccine increases after 24 hours, or if you are worried about any other side effects, contact your health care provider immediately.
Q: Which vaccine(s) will Hy-Vee offer?
A: The type of vaccine offered will likely vary by Hy-Vee pharmacy location and will be determined by the government's vaccine allocation.
Q: How much do the vaccines cost?
A: There is no cost to patients for the vaccines. Although there may be an administration fee for each dose administered at Hy-Vee, this fee will be covered by the patient’s public or private insurance. For patients who do not have insurance coverage, the administration fee will be covered by the government’s Provider Relief Fund.
Q: What is the waiting period between the first and second vaccine dose?
A: The waiting period varies depending on which vaccine you receive. For the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, patients must wait 21 days after receiving the first dose before they can receive the second dose. For the Moderna vaccine, patients must wait 28 days after receiving the first dose before they can receive the second dose.
Q: Can patients switch to a different COVID-19 vaccine for their second dose?
A: No. According to the CDC and vaccine manufacturers, different COVID-19 vaccines are not interchangeable and you must receive the same vaccine for both doses in order for the vaccine to be effective.
Q: Are patients protected from COVID-19 if they just take the first vaccine dose?
A: Most COVID-19 vaccines require two doses in order to get the most protection the vaccine has to offer. The first dose starts building protection but the second dose is needed in order to provide maximum protection, according to the CDC.
Q: How old do patients have to be to get vaccinated?
A: Age requirements vary by vaccine. For the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, patients must be 16 years or older to get vaccinated. For the Moderna vaccine, patients must be 18 years or older to get vaccinated.
Q: After getting vaccinated, is it still necessary to wear a mask and social distance?
A: Yes. At this time, the CDC is encouraging everyone to continue using all the tools available to help stop the spread of the virus, including covering your mouth and nose with a mask, washing hands often and staying at least 6 feet away from others. As more information becomes available about the vaccines and their protection from the virus, the CDC is expected to provide additional updated guidance.