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Hy-Vee expecting to receive more COVID-19 vaccine in Iowa and South Dakota

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WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (KTIV) - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has announced Hy-Vee has been named a national partner in its Federal Retail Pharmacy Program.

The program is a collaboration between the federal government and 21 national pharmacy partners and independent pharmacy networks to increase access to the vaccine.

With this new program, starting Feb. Hy-Vee anticipates receiving vaccine allocations directly from the CDC to help vaccinate qualifying residents in Iowa and South Dakota. The company says those who qualify for the vaccine will be determined by each state's vaccination guidelines.

You can find more information on Iowa's vaccine guidelines here, and more about South Dakota's guidelines here.

Hy-Vee says there will be limited vaccine allocation to start, with more expected in the upcoming weeks.

“We have the infrastructure and resources in place to serve communities throughout our eight-state region as soon as we receive additional vaccine,” said Randy Edeker, Hy-Vee’s chairman, CEO and president. “Through our preparation efforts, we have the ability to start vaccinating eligible populations less than 24 hours after receiving allocations. The issue to date has been demand far exceeding supply, and we believe this partnership helps strengthen our advocacy efforts to receive more of the vaccine.”

Vaccine inventory is still limited and available to eligible individuals by appointment only at select Hy-Vee Pharmacy locations. Once vaccines become available, appointments can be made through Hy-Vee’s online scheduler here.

The pharmacy locations are not providing vaccinations on a walk-in basis at this time. Hy-Vee says it will prioritize those who are due for the second doses of the vaccine.

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Dean Welte

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