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COVID-19 Vaccine

Limited vaccines are now available in select locations.

Thank You For Your Patience

Our vaccine supply is extremely limited at this time. Please be patient and do not call your Hy-Vee Pharmacy. They do not have access to schedule appointments that are not available online. We appreciate your patience during this time.

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 March 1, 2021

Who can get vaccinated as of today?

Vaccines are currently available at Hy-Vee retail pharmacy locations in the following states:

NOTE: Vaccines are allocated for residents in each individual state. You may be asked to show an ID to verify residency.

ILLINOIS RESIDENTS

For Illinois residents only, the State of Illinois currently allows vaccinations for the following groups:

  • Front line health care workers
  • Residents 65 years of age or older
  • Front line essential workers, including:
    • First responders
    • Education & Child care
    • Manufacturing
    • Corrections workers and inmates
    • USPS workers
    • Public transit workers
    • Grocery store workers
    • Shelters and day care staff
  • Residents 16 years of age and older with high-risk medical conditions including: obesity, diabetes, pulmonary diseases, smoking, heart conditions, chronic kidney disease, cancer, solid organ transplant, sickle cell disease and pregnancy
  • Residents with a disability (physical disability, developmental disability, visual disability, hearing disability or mental disability)
IOWA RESIDENTS

For Iowa residents only, the State of Iowa currently allows vaccinations for the following groups:

  • Front line health care workers
  • Residents 65 years of age and older
  • First Responders, including firefighters, police officers, social/child welfare workers
  • Pre-K through 12 school staff, early childhood education and childcare workers

We are currently vaccinating in Plymouth County to the following groups:

  • Food, agriculture, distribution and manufacturing workers who work in or live in congregate settings that do not allow for social distancing
  • Individuals with disabilities living in home settings and their direct care staff

NOTE: According to Nebraska government officials, Iowa residents may NOT schedule a vaccination appointment in Nebraska.

KANSAS RESIDENTS

For Kansas residents only, we are currently vaccinating in Johnson County to the following:

  • Residents of senior housing or long-term care supported independent living
MISSOURI RESIDENTS

For Missouri residents only, the state of Missouri currently allows vaccinations for the following groups:

  • Front line health care workers
  • Residents 65 years of age and older
  • Law enforcement, fire services, correctional officers, emergency management, public works, emergency services and morticians/embalmers
  • Adult residents under 65 years of age with high-risk medical conditions: cancer, chronic kidney disease, COPD, heart conditions, severe obesity, pregnancy, sickle cell disease, type 2 diabetes mellitus or individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities such as Down syndrome.
MINNESOTA RESIDENTS

For Minnesota residents only, we are currently vaccinating to the following:

  • Residents 65 years of age and older
NEBRASKA RESIDENTS

For Nebraska residents only, we are currently vaccinating in Douglas and Sarpy/Cass counties to the following:

    • Residents 65 years of age and older

NOTE: Vaccination appointments in Nebraska are only available to state residents.

SOUTH DAKOTA

The State of South Dakota currently allows vaccinations for the following groups:

  • Front line health care workers
  • Law enforcement
  • Correctional officers
  • Individuals 65 years of age and older
  • High-risk patients (dialysis, post-transplant and active cancer)
  • High-risk individuals in congregate settings, residents in licensed independent living facilities and residents of licensed group homes

Starting March 3, 2021, vaccinations will be expanded to the following group:

  • Individuals with at least one underlying medical condition under the age of 65 including: asthma (moderate-to-severe), cancer, cerebrovascular disease, COPD, cystic fibrosis, diabetes mellitus (type 1 and type 2), down syndrome, heart conditions (such as heart failure, coronary artery disease or cardiomyopathies), hypertension or high blood pressure, immunocompromised state, liver disease, neurologic conditions (such as dementia), pregnancy, pulmonary fibrosis, severe obesity, sickle cell disease and thalassemia

How to Schedule Your Second Dose Appointment for Pfizer or Moderna

Ensuring that you receive your second dose is a top priority at Hy-Vee. Using our online registration, you can schedule your second dose appointment when scheduling your first dose appointment. Due to limited vaccine supply, we strongly encourage you to schedule your second dose appointment during this time to ensure that you receive the second dose within the CDC’s recommended timeframe.

NOTE: 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.

What to Bring to Your Vaccination Appointment

  • Insurance card* and Medicare Part B red, white and blue card (if Medicare recipient)
  • Government-issued photo ID (may be used to verify residency)
  • Other documentation to prove your current eligibility if needed (work ID, proof of high-risk medical condition or disability**)
  • 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.

**According to the State of Illinois, any one of the following documents are acceptable to prove eligibility for residents who are high-risk or with a disability: Any document with the diagnosis or disability, prescription medication for the health condition or disability, IL Person with a Disability card, disability income award letter, or letter from health or social service provider.

Authorized Vaccines

NOTE: On Jan. 21, 2021, the CDC released new guidance about the second dose waiting period for the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines:

Pfizer-BioNTech

  • Requires two doses
  • Second dose must be administered between 17 to 42 days after first dose
  • Available to individuals 16 years of age and older

Moderna

  • Requires two doses
  • Second dose must be administered between 24 to 42 days after first 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

Several additional vaccines are expected to be authorized for emergency use by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in the upcoming months.

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: How can I sign up for my vaccination appointment(s)?

A: The quickest and most efficient way to schedule an appointment is via our online scheduler. Some Hy-Vee pharmacy locations do have a wait list for individuals included in current eligibility guidance who do not have computer access, but they do not have access to appointments that are not available online. Please be patient. Soon, we plan to offer additional scheduling options.

We strongly recommend that those registering for a Pfizer-BioNtech or Moderna vaccine register for their second vaccine dose at the time of registering for their first vaccine dose due to the limited vaccine supply.

Q: How do I schedule my second dose appointment for Pfizer or Moderna?

A: Using our online registration, you can schedule your second dose appointment when scheduling your first dose appointment. Due to limited vaccine supply, we strongly encourage you to schedule your second dose appointment during this time to ensure that you receive the second dose within the CDC’s recommended timeframe.

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: 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 and is determined by the government’s vaccine allocation. Contact your local Hy-Vee Pharmacy to learn which vaccine is available.

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 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 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: 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, using our online scheduler you can schedule choose to only a second dose appointment. You will need to know the type of vaccine that you received for your first dose in order to schedule the appointment and will be limited to scheduling your appointment to a Hy-Vee Pharmacy that offers that same type of 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:

    • 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 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.

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