WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (Sept. 26, 2023) — Hy-Vee, Inc. announces today that the new, updated COVID-19 vaccines for the 2023-2024 season are now available at Hy-Vee Pharmacy locations across the Midwest. At this time, Hy-Vee is offering the updated COVID-19 vaccines to individuals ages 12+.
Individuals can save time by scheduling an appointment in advance at Hy-Vee Pharmacy by visiting www.hy-vee.com/covidvaccine. Walk ins are also accepted during normal pharmacy operating hours. Individuals can also request to receive a flu vaccine and/or RSV vaccine (only for ages 60+) at the time of their COVID-19 vaccination at Hy-Vee.
Updated COVID-19 vaccines for younger age groups are expected to become available at select Hy-Vee Pharmacy locations in the following weeks.
The FDA and CDC have recommended that all individuals ages 6 months and older receive the updated Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines for the 2023-2024 season. Those who have previously received
COVID-19 vaccines should wait at least 2 months after their last dose before receiving the new, updated
COVID-19 vaccine. Individuals who are severely to moderately immunocompromised can also receive an additional updated COVID-19 vaccine at least 2 months after their last updated dose.
According to the FDA and CDC, the new, updated COVID-19 vaccines are reformulated to provide better protection against the virus variants currently responsible for most infections and hospitalizations in the U.S.
Vaccine recipients should bring the following to their Hy-Vee Pharmacy appointment:
- Insurance card (if they have insurance)
- Medicare Part B red, white and blue card (if Medicare recipient)
- Photo ID
The new, updated COVID-19 vaccine for the 2023-2024 season is the first group of COVID-19 vaccines to become commercially available following the end of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency. The updated COVID-19 vaccine is still free with most private and public insurance plans at this time.
Adults who do not have health insurance or those whose insurance does not cover all COVID-19 costs may still receive the COVID-19 vaccine for free through the CDC’s Bridge Access Program through Dec. 31, 2024. At this time, Hy-Vee is not part of the CDC’s Bridge Access Program. Individuals without health insurance may receive a free COVID-19 vaccine at state and local health departments and federally qualified health centers. To find a nearby CDC Bridge Access provider, patients can visit www.vaccines.gov.
COVID-19, Flu & RSV
According to medical experts, a “tripledemic” may soon be on the horizon with the circulation of COVID-19, flu and RSV viruses. It’s recommended that individuals get their flu and COVID-19 vaccines this fall to help reduce the spread and protect individuals from serious infection. Those who get their flu shot at Hy-Vee can also earn a
20-cent Hy-Vee Fuel Saver reward.
It is also recommended that individuals ages 60+ get the new, single-dose RSV vaccine, which is available at
Hy-Vee pharmacies with no appointment or prescription necessary.
The CDC has approved co-administration of the COVID-19, flu and RSV vaccines, so individuals can get all three vaccines (if eligible) in one appointment. Individuals can request to receive the flu and/or RSV vaccine at the time of their COVID-19 vaccination appointment at Hy-Vee.
To learn more about vaccinations at Hy-Vee, visit www.hy-vee.com/my-pharmacy.