If you live in the Quad Cities, Eastern Iowa, and Western Illinois and you have a kiddo that is age 3+, they can get a pediatric COVID-19 vaccine at select Hy-Vee pharmacies. The company announced on Wednesday that they are offering those vaccines for free by appointment only.

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On Wednesday, Hy-Vee announced in a press release that free Pediatric COVID-19 vaccines are now available at select Hy-Vee Pharmacy locations by appointment only to children ages 3+. This announcement comes after the FDA and CDC approved a 3-dose Pediatric Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 6 months to 4 years old and a 2-dose Pediatric Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for patients ages 6 months to 5 years old.

Hy-Vee officials said in the press release that under the PREP Act, retail pharmacies, including Hy-Vee pharmacies, are only authorized to administer vaccines to patients who are 3 years old or older. A child who is under the age of 3 should visit their pediatrician or healthcare provider to receive the vaccine.

Hy-Vee is operating pharmacy hubs that are dedicated to only administering Pediatric COVID-19 vaccines during select times which they say is their way to create a more kid-centric environment. A parent or legal guardian must consent to the vaccination and accompany all minors to their vaccination.

In the press release, Hy-Vee says the Pediatric COVID-19 vaccine manufacturer available varies by Hy-Vee Pharmacy location. Pediatric COVID-19 vaccines are available by appointment only to children ages 3+ and can be scheduled by visiting hy-vee.com/covidvaccine. For more details about the recently authorized vaccines, review the sections below:

Pediatric Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine (ages 3 or 4)

The Pediatric Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, approved for ages 3 or 4, requires three vaccine doses. The second dose should be administered at least 3 weeks after the first dose, and the third dose should be administered at least 2 months after the second dose. A COVID-19 booster is NOT approved for Pediatric Pfizer-BioNTech (ages 3 or 4) vaccine recipients at this time.

Pediatric Moderna Vaccine (ages 3 to 5)

The Pediatric Moderna vaccine, approved for ages 3 to 5, requires two vaccine doses. The second dose should be administered at least 4 weeks after the first dose.

Moderately to severely immunocompromised children ages 3 to 5 (as outlined by the CDC) are eligible to receive a third (primary) dose of the Pediatric Moderna vaccine at least 4 weeks after the second dose. A COVID-19 booster is NOT approved for Pediatric Moderna (ages 3 to 5) vaccine recipients at this time.

For more information about COVID-19 vaccines, visit hy-vee.com/covidvaccine.

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Hy-Vee officials say that it is recommended, but not required, that vaccine recipients/guardians bring the following to their appointment

  • Insurance card (if they have insurance)
  • Medicare Part B red, white and blue card (if Medicare recipient)
  • Photo ID
  • COVID-19 vaccination record card

Masks are required when getting the vaccine. The COVID-19 vaccines are free to all eligible patients, regardless of their insurance coverage. If patients do not have insurance, they can still be vaccinated.

Hy-Vee Pharmacy also offers free digital COVID-19 vaccination records to Hy-Vee Pharmacy patients. To learn more click here.

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