Who can get vaccinated as of today?
Review below to learn which COVID-19 vaccine you are eligible to receive today. Questions? Contact your local Hy-Vee Pharmacy or primary medical provider.
PRIMARY DOSE(S) :
How to Schedule Your COVID-19 Vaccination(s)
COVID-19 vaccinations are available by appointment only at all Hy-Vee Pharmacy locations. Schedule your first, second, booster and/or third COVID-19 vaccine dose via:
If you need assistance scheduling your vaccination, call 888-330-3307
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.
**Individuals receiving a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine will need to self-attest to their eligibility. Individuals will NOT be required to show documentation to prove eligibility.
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.
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. Visit the CDC website for further information.
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: Is Hy-Vee accepting walk-ins for COVID-19 vaccines?
- A: No. In an effort to make sure we are taking care of all of our patients’ needs in a timely manner, we are asking those patients seeking a COVID-19 or flu vaccine to use our online scheduler to make an appointment.
- Q: Why are only select Hy-Vee Pharmacy locations offering the Pediatric Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine?
- A: Due to the anxiety a shot can create for a young child, we have adjusted our pharmacy operations to create pharmacy “hubs” that are dedicated to only administering the Pediatric Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to children ages 5 to 11 at select times. This will allow our other Hy-Vee Pharmacy locations to continue focusing on vaccinating patients who are ages 12+.
- Q: Do minors 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: Do minors need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian for their COVID-19 vaccination?
- A: Yes. A parent or guardian must accompany all minors to their vaccination appointments.
- Q: What’s the difference between the Pediatric Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for ages 12+?
- A: The Pediatric Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine uses a smaller dosage of vaccine than the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine approved for ages 12+. Both Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines are administered with a two-dose series at least 21 days apart.
- Q: How do I prove my eligibility for a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine?
- A: According to the CDC, Third dose COVID-19 vaccine patients will be required to self-attest that they are severely to moderately immunocompromised but will not be required to show supporting documentation to prove their condition.
- Q: Can minors receive a COVID-19 booster?
- A: No. At this time, COVID-19 boosters are only authorized for individuals ages 18+. However, moderately to severely immunocompromised minors ages 12+ are authorized to receive a full third dose of Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna.
- Q: If I received a primary COVID-19 vaccine outside of the U.S. or via a clinical trial with a vaccine not approved by the FDA, am I eligible to receive a booster dose at a Hy-Vee Pharmacy location?
- A: Yes. The CDC issued Emergency Use Instructions (EUI) and updated its clinical considerations to allow the COVID-19 vaccine by Pfizer-BioNTech to be given as an additional primary dose or booster dose to certain people who completed a vaccine primary series with certain COVID-19 vaccines that are not authorized or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The new guidance mirrors the CDC’s recommendations about who is eligible to receive boosters and additional primary doses, allowing an additional primary dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by Pfizer-BioNTech in certain immunocompromised persons aged 12 years and older, and/or a single booster dose of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in certain adults 18 years and older who completed their primary vaccination with a non-FDA authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccines. If you meet these eligibility requirements, you can schedule your booster dose appointment at hy-vee.com/covidvaccine.
- Q: Why are COVID-19 boosters only authorized for adults?
- A: According to the FDA and CDC, there is currently not enough data available to know the effects of COVID-19 boosters on individuals younger than 18 years of age.
- Q: Who is eligible to receive a third COVID-19 vaccine dose?
- A: Moderately to severely immunocompromised individuals are eligible to receive a third COVID-19 vaccine dose of Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna at this time. NOTE: The FDA and CDC have NOT authorized Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine recipients to receive third doses 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 my first vaccine dose of Pfizer or Moderna somewhere other than Hy-Vee. Can I receive any additional vaccine doses at Hy-Vee?
- A: Yes, but it is strongly recommended by the CDC that your second or third dose be the same vaccine manufacturer type as your prior vaccine dose(s). 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 dose(s) and vaccine manufacturer. Schedule an appointment online to learn which vaccine is available at your Hy-Vee Pharmacy location.
- 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 our online scheduler to see which locations in your area have either the Pediatric Pfizer-BioNTech (only for ages 5 to 11), Pfizer-BioNTech (for ages 12+), Moderna or Janssen vaccines.
- Q: How much do the vaccines (and booster) cost?
- A: All patients, regardless of their insurance coverage status or network status, are able to receive COVID-19 vaccines, including boosters, 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.
- Q: Can I receive the COVID-19 vaccine at the time of receiving my flu shot?
- A: Yes. On May 12, 2021, the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices approved the co-administration of the COVID-19 vaccine with other vaccines. NOTE: Hy-Vee will NOT co-administer any vaccines to pediatric patients (children ages 5 to 11) at this time through its “hub” clinics.
- Q: I’ve lost my COVID-19 vaccination record card. What should I do?
- A: If you received your previous COVID-19 vaccine doses at a Hy-Vee Pharmacy, please visit that pharmacy location and a replacement vaccine record card can be issued to you.
- Q: What do I do if I need proof beyond my physical vaccine record card that I have received a COVID-19 vaccine?
- A: We encourage you to check the CDC website to learn how to obtain vaccination information in digital form, if possible, from the state where you received your vaccination.
- Q: Should moderately to severely immunocompromised individuals who received a third dose receive a booster, too?
- A: No. According to the CDC, there is no evidence at this time to suggest that third- dose vaccine recipients also need a COVID-19 booster vaccine.
- 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.
- 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
- 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: 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: 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 fullyvaccinated 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 orat 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 to 5 days after exposure, and wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days, or until they receive a negative test result.
- 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.