You may have heard this week's news on the continuing effort to vaccinate Americans.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has given the go-ahead to recommend a third vaccination for the elderly and other medically vulnerable Americans with a booster dose of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine, six months after their second dose.

Hy-Vee, Inc. put out a press release earlier today to announce that those booster doses are readily available at their over 275 Hy-Vee Pharmacy locations in eight states, which includes all three Dubuque Hy-Vee locations.

Those who are recommended to get the vaccine include the following:

  • Long-term care facility residents
  • Individuals ages 65 and older
  • Individuals ages 18 and older with underlying medical conditions, (as outlined by the CDC)
  • Individuals ages 18-64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting

Currently, the Moderna and J&J vaccines won't have a booster shot available until it's authorized by the FDA and CDC.

If you're planning to visit a Hy-Vee for your third vaccine it would be helpful if you bring your vaccine card from your original shots, although they can look you up in the Immunization Registry Information System, too.

If you haven't gotten a vaccine yet, this is a great time, as Hy-Vee is still offering a $10 Hy-Vee gift card to patients who complete their COVID-19 vaccination, including Pfizer vaccine recipients who receive their COVID-19 booster, with Hy-Vee through November 1st, 2021.

You can schedule your appointment in advance by visiting this Hy-Vee WEBSITE.

The booster vaccines are FREE to all eligible patients, regardless of your insurance coverage!

~Chris Farber

 

LOOK: Answers to 30 common COVID-19 vaccine questions

While much is still unknown about the coronavirus and the future, what is known is that the currently available vaccines have gone through all three trial phases and are safe and effective. It will be necessary for as many Americans as possible to be vaccinated in order to finally return to some level of pre-pandemic normalcy, and hopefully these 30 answers provided here will help readers get vaccinated as soon they are able.