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COVID-19 Vaccine

At this time, COVID-19 boosters are NOT available to the general public. Third COVID-19 vaccine doses are currently ONLY available to select immunocompromised individuals, as outlined by the CDC.

Update: At this time, we will NOT be administering COVID-19 booster vaccines until approved by the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunizations Practices (ACIP), which meets on Wednesday, Sept. 22 and Thursday, Sept. 23. Please check back to this page for updates.

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 September 20, 2021

Who can get vaccinated as of today?

Individuals 12 years of age and older* (Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine) or individuals 18 years of age and older (Janssen or Moderna vaccines) can receive first and/or second dose vaccines at this time. Minors must have parental or guardian consent in order to receive Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. We also ask that a parent or guardian accompany all minors to their vaccinations.

Severely to moderately immunocompromised individuals can receive third doses of Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines, according to the FDA and CDC. To receive a third vaccine dose, patients must self-attest to having one of the following immunocompromised conditions, as outlined by the CDC:

  • Been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood
  • Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  • Received a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  • Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
  • Advanced or untreated HIV infection
  • Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune response
  • Individuals should talk to their health care provider about their medical condition, and whether getting an additional dose is appropriate for them.

    Note: Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine recipients will NOT be administered additional COVID-19 vaccine doses until authorized by the FDA and CDC.

    How to Schedule Your Second or Third Dose Appointment for Pfizer or Moderna

    Ensuring that you receive your second and third (if applicable) vaccine dose within the CDC’s recommended timeframe is a top priority at Hy-Vee. If you receive a vaccine dose via a walk-in appointment, your Hy-Vee Pharmacy will inform you of any additional vaccination appointment dates. 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 and third dose appointments can also be scheduled individually online at a later date.

    What to Bring to Your Vaccination Appointment

    • Insurance card* and Medicare Part B red, white and blue card (if Medicare recipient)
    • Photo ID (recommended)
    • COVID-19 vaccination record card (if applicable)
    • A mask to wear that covers your mouth and nose

    * 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.

    Available Vaccines

    Pfizer-BioNTech

    • Requires two doses; third dose available for immunocompromised individuals
    • Second dose must be administered at least 21 days after first dose
    • Third dose must be administered at least 28 days after second dose
    • Available to individuals 12 years of age and older

    Moderna

    • Requires two doses; third dose available for immunocompromised individuals
    • Second dose must be administered at least 28 days after first dose
    • Third dose must be administered at least 28 days after second dose
    • Available to individuals 18 years of age and older

    Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)

    • Requires one dose
    • Available to individuals 18 years of age and older

    Safety Measures at Hy-Vee

    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.

    Side Effects

    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.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Q: Who is eligible to receive a third COVID-19 vaccine dose?

    A: Severely to moderately immunocompromised individuals who have one of the following conditions, as outlined by the CDC, are eligible to receive a third COVID-19 vaccine dose at this time.

    Q: How do I prove I am severely to moderately immunocompromised to receive a third COVID-19 vaccine dose?

    A: According to the CDC, all third-dose vaccine patients will be required to self-attest that they are severely to moderately immunocompromised. Patients will not be required to prove their condition.

    Q: Which vaccine manufacturers offer third vaccine doses?

    A: Currently, the FDA and CDC have authorized Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna third dose COVID-19 vaccines for severely to moderately immunocompromised individuals.

    Q: I received a Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine. Can I receive additional doses from any of the vaccine manufacturers?

    A: No. At this time, the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine is only authorized for one dose. The FDA and CDC strongly recommend against mixing the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine with mRNA vaccines such as Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna at this time.

    Q: I am a minor. Do I need parental/guardian consent in order to receive the vaccine?

    A: Yes, all patients 17 years of age or younger must have parental or guardian consent in order to be vaccinated with the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.

    Q: I am a minor. Does my parent or guardian need to be at my vaccination appointment?

    A: Yes. We ask that a parent or guardian accompany all minors to both their vaccination appointments.

    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 appointments in advance by registering online.

    Q: How do I schedule my second and/or third 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 any additional vaccination appointment dates. 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 and third dose appointments can also be scheduled individually online at a later date.

    Q: I received my first vaccine dose of Pfizer or Moderna somewhere other than Hy-Vee. Can I get my second and/or third vaccine dose at Hy-Vee?

    A: Yes, but it is strongly recommended by the CDC that your second and/or third vaccine dose be the same vaccine manufacturer type as your first vaccine dose. Hy-Vee also recommends bringing your COVID-19 vaccination record card with you to your appointment(s), which will show your previous COVID-19 vaccination doses and vaccine manufacturer. 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, second and third vaccine dose for Pfizer and/or Moderna?

    A: The waiting period varies depending on which vaccine you receive. Recipients of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine can receive their second dose at least 21 days after their first dose. Severely to moderately immunocompromised patients can receive their third Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine dose at least 28 days after their second dose. Recipients of the Moderna vaccine can receive their second dose at least 28 days after their first dose. Severely to moderately immunocompromised patients can receive their third Moderna vaccine dose at least 28 days after their second dose. The FDA and CDC strongly recommend that patients receive the same vaccine manufacturer for all of their COVID-19 vaccinations.

    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’s www.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:

  • Recipient’s private insurance company
  • Medicare or Medicaid reimbursement
  • HRSA COVID-19 Uninsured Program for non-insured vaccine recipients.
  • Providers may not seek any reimbursement, including through balance billing, from patients.

    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 granted full approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. Moderna and Janssen vaccines are currently authorized by the FDA for emergency use. 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: Can the COVID-19 vaccine be administered with other vaccines?

    A: Yes. On May 12, 2021, the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices approved the co-administration of the COVID-19 vaccine.

    Q: What can I do to protect myself from getting infected with COVID-19?

    A: The CDC recommends you:

    • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth
    • Stay at least 6 feet away from others
    • Avoid crowds
    • Avoid poorly ventilated spaces
    • Wash your hands often

    The CDC provides additional guidance here.

    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 and/or third dose for Pfizer or Moderna?

    A: The CDC strongly recommends that patients remain with the same vaccine manufacturer for all additional doses in order for the vaccine to be most effective 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 12 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: Due to the current Delta variant, the CDC is recommending that fully vaccinated individuals wear a mask in public indoor settings in areas of substantial or high transmission. According to the CDC, individuals might choose to wear a mask regardless of the level of transmission, particularly if they are immunocompromised or at increased risk for severe disease from COVID-19, or if they have someone in their household who is immunocompromised, at increased risk of severe disease or not fully vaccinated. The CDC also recommend universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to school, regardless of vaccination status, at this time.

    Q: Can I transmit the virus to others even after I’ve been vaccinated?

    A: According to the CDC, individuals who are vaccinated are less likely to spread COVID-19. The FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccines are proven to be effective at keeping individuals from getting COVID-19, getting very sick and dying.

    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 severely 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, fully vaccinated individuals who have come into close contact with someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 should be tested 3-5 days after exposure, and wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days, or until they receive a negative test result.

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