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Hy-Vee to offer COVID-19 booster shots beginning Friday

The free Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine booster doses are now available at Hy-Vee Pharmacy locations across its eight-state region.

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Hy-Vee will offer COVID-19 booster vaccines to all eligible recipients beginning Friday, Oct. 22

On Thursday, FDA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended booster doses for all COVID-19 vaccines. For Moderna and Pfizer vaccine recipients, a booster was recommended at least 6 months after the second dose for those who are in long-term care facilities, people who are 65 or older and those at least 18 years old with underlying medical conditions. Additionally, the recommendation applied to people 18-64 at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure due to work setting.

The FDA and CDC also recommend a booster dose for all Janssen vaccine recipients ages 18 and older at least 2 months after their first vaccine dose.

CDC also OK'd mixing and matching of vaccines boosters on Thursday, Oct. 21.

COVID-19 vaccines and boosters are free to the public, according to the CDC, as they were paid for with taxpayer dollars to be given to all people living in the U.S. regardless of insurance or immigration status.

Trying to decide which vaccine to get? According to the CDC, the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines were authorized for individuals 18 years and older, and Pfizer was approved for those 12 and up.

For those interested in receiving an initial or booster dose at Hy-Vee, the pharmacy chain recommended that vaccine recipients bring the following to their appointment: an insurance card, photo ID and their COVID-19 vaccination card (if returning for a second or booster dose). 

Find vaccination sites in your area at vaccines.gov. You can schedule your COVID-19 vaccination at Hy-Vee here.

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