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Updated May 6, 2021
Individuals 16 years of age and older (Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine) or individuals 18 years of age and older (Janssen or Moderna vaccines)
Ensuring that you receive your second vaccine dose within the CDC’s recommended timeframe is a top priority at Hy-Vee. If you receive your first vaccine dose via a walk-in appointment, your Hy-Vee Pharmacy will inform you of your second dose appointment date. If you register for a COVID-19 vaccination appointment in advance online, you will be able to register for your second dose appointment at the time of registering for your first dose appointment. Second dose appointments can also be scheduled individually online at a later date.
* Only required for those enrolled in health insurance. Those who are not covered by insurance can still receive the COVID-19 vaccine at no cost.
NOTE: On Jan. 21, 2021, the CDC released new guidance about the second dose waiting period for the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines:
Several additional vaccines are expected to be authorized for emergency use by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in the upcoming months.
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: How can I sign up for my vaccination appointment(s)?
A: COVID-19 vaccines are available at all Hy-Vee Pharmacy locations with no appointment necessary. However, you can schedule an appointment in advance by registering online.
Q: How do I schedule my second dose appointment for Pfizer or Moderna?
A: If you receive your first COVID-19 vaccination via a walk-in appointment, your Hy-Vee Pharmacy will inform you of your second dose appointment date. If you register for a COVID-19 vaccination appointment in advance online, you will be able to register for your second dose appointment at the time of registering for your first dose appointment.
If you do not register your second dose appointment when registering for your first dose appointment, you will be contacted by your Hy-Vee Pharmacy approximately 5-7 days before it’s time to receive your second dose with instructions on how to schedule your second dose appointment.
Q: I received my first vaccine dose of Pfizer or Moderna somewhere other than Hy-Vee. Can I get my second vaccine dose at Hy-Vee?
A: Yes, but your second vaccine dose must be the same vaccine manufacturer type as your first vaccine dose. Visit your local Hy-Vee Pharmacy or register for a second dose appointment online to learn which vaccine is available at your Hy-Vee Pharmacy location.
Q: What is the waiting period between the first and second vaccine dose for Pfizer and/or Moderna?
A: The waiting period varies depending on which vaccine you receive. On Jan. 21, 2021, the CDC released new guidance about the second dose waiting period for the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines. For the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, patients must receive the second dose between 17 to 42 days after the first dose. For the Moderna vaccine, patients must receive the second dose between 24 to 42 days after the first dose. While administering second doses is a top priority, it may be necessary for some patients to wait more than the minimum number of days depending on vaccine supply in their area.
Q: Which vaccine does Hy-Vee offer?
A: The type of vaccine offered varies by Hy-Vee Pharmacy location. When registering for an appointment online, it will list which vaccine manufacturer will be administered at the location you are registering at. If you are searching for a specific vaccine manufacturer, please use the CDC’swww.vaccinefinder.org website to see which locations in your area have either Moderna, Pfizer or Janssen vaccines.
Q: How much do the vaccines cost?
A: All patients, regardless of their insurance coverage status or network status, are able to receive a COVID-19 vaccine for free with no out-of-pocket costs. Providers, such as Hy-Vee, may seek appropriate reimbursement for COVID-19 vaccine administration fees through the following:
Q: Why are there multiple types of COVID-19 vaccines available?
A: The federal government invested in the development of multiple COVID-19 vaccines with the goal that one or more would be found safe and effective and that widespread use would help bring the COVID-19 pandemic to an end. Currently, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized three vaccines for emergency use: Pfizer-BioNtech, Moderna and Janssen. Having different types of vaccines that offer different storage and handling requirements and dosing recommendations allows more options and flexibility in helping vaccinate in different areas.
Q: How effective are each of the vaccines?
A: According to the CDC, all authorized vaccines have been proven effective at preventing serious illness, hospitalization and death from COVID-19. In order to help stop the spread of COVID-19, it is important that individuals get vaccinated with the first vaccine available to them. Learn more about vaccine efficacy for the Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine, Moderna vaccine and Janssen vaccine.
Q: What can I do to protect myself from getting infected with COVID-19 while I wait to get vaccinated?
A: The CDC recommends you:
Q: Why do I need to get vaccinated if I’ve already been infected with COVID-19 in the past?
A: Due to the severe health risks associated with COVID-19 and the possibility of reinfection, the CDC recommends everyone should be vaccinated, including those who have already been infected. Because the COVID-19 virus is new, it is currently unknown how long someone is protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19 (called “natural immunity”).
Q: Can I switch to a different COVID-19 vaccine for my second dose for Pfizer or Moderna?
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 of Pfizer or Moderna?
A: The Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna 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. For the Janssen vaccine, patients must be 18 years or older to get vaccinated.
Q: How long does it take to build immunity after I’ve been vaccinated?
A: According to the CDC, it usually takes several weeks for the body to build immunity after vaccination. This means that an individual could contract COVID-19 just before or after getting vaccinated and still get sick, because the vaccine has not had enough time to build protection.
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.
Q: Can I transmit the virus to others even after I’ve been vaccinated?
A: At this time it is unknown whether vaccinated individuals can transmit COVID-19 infection to individuals who are not vaccinated. Until more data is available, the CDC is encouraging everyone to continue covering your mouth and nose with a mask, washing hands often and staying at least 6 feet away from others.
Q: How long does immunity last after getting vaccinated for COVID-19?
A: Authorized COVID-19 vaccines have been proven to help protect patients from getting sick with COVID-19 when vaccinated with the required amount of doses. However, the CDC and other government agencies continue to evaluate the effectiveness of the authorized vaccines in real-world conditions. Until more data is available, it is currently unknown how long COVID-19 vaccination immunity will last. .
Q: Once fully vaccinated, do I have to quarantine if exposed to someone infected with COVID-19?
A: According to recent guidance from the CDC, individuals who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 are not required to quarantine if they have been fully vaccinated against the virus within the last three months and show no symptoms.