COVID vaccines are now available at pharmacies of supermarket chain Hy-Vee, with those eligible able to register and book appointments.
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The midwestern retailer operates more than 240 stores across eight states, including Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wisconsin, however representatives said the vaccine supply is still “extremely limited.”
As part of the scheme, Hy-Vee is helping to vaccinate its local communities against the respiratory disease and help to drive down the amount of infections in the country. The retailer now has a dedicated website that residents can use to book appointments.
According to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) fact sheet, Hy-Vee is distributing vaccines in Iowa, Missouri, Minnesota and South Dakota. Hy-Vee confirmed in a media release on February 2 that residents in Iowa and South Dakota had started to be vaccinated under the federal partnership.
On February 15, Hy-Vee said it was partnering with Johnson County Health Department in Kansas to administer doses of the vaccine to nursing home and independent living facilities using mobile vaccine clinics in the state. It said that it was working with state and county governments to get vaccines for Illinois, Minnesota and Nebraska.
On its website, under a section detailing who is currently eligible for vaccination, Hy-Vee lists: Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Minnesota, Nebraska and South Dakota.
Hy-Vee has been contacted for comment by Newsweek.
Randy Edeker, Hy-Vee’s chairman, CEO and president, said on February 2 that his firm has the “infrastructure and resources in place” to serve communities across an eight state region when it gets additional vaccines from state or federal authorities.
Hy-Vee warned that due to the constrained vaccine supply, appointments may not be available at all of its retail locations. Slots are being updated daily, it has said.
“If your preferred location does not have openings at this time, please check back again via our online scheduler,” the company explained on its booking page.
“We are working to roll out other vaccine appointment scheduling options, but cannot implement them until vaccine allocation increases. Please do not call Hy-Vee, as our pharmacies do not have appointments available that are not reflected online.”
Appointments can be made via Hy-Vee’s online scheduler. Hy-Vee pharmacies are not administering vaccinations on a walk-in basis and said it will prioritize those who are due for second doses. It is using both Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines.
Who is eligible varies from state to state and it is highly advised to check with local health agencies to determine if you meet the criteria for vaccination. Broadly, most states are currently focusing on vaccinating those most at risk of infection.
When registering for an appointment, eligible residents will have the option to schedule their first and second dose bookings. ID may be required to verify residency.
When attending an appointment, people are asked to bring a government-issued photo ID and their insurance card, however those not covered by insurance can still receive the COVID vaccine at no cost. All Hy-Vee visitors have to wear a face covering.
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