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Free Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccines Are Available At Hy-Vee Pharmacies

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West Des Moines, Iowa-based Hy-Vee Inc. has announced that free Pediatric COVID-19 vaccines are available at select pharmacy locations by appointment to children ages 3 and older.

The FDA and CDC have approved a three-dose Pediatric Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 6 months to 4 years old and a two-dose Pediatric Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for patients ages 6 months to 5 years old. 

Under the PREP Act, retail pharmacies, including Hy-Vee, are only authorized to administer vaccines to patients ages 3 and older. Patients younger than age 3 should visit their pediatrician or healthcare provider to receive the vaccine.

In order to create a more kid-centric environment, Hy-Vee operates pharmacy hubs that are dedicated to only administering Pediatric COVID-19 vaccines during select times. The Pediatric COVID-19 vaccine manufacturer available varies by Hy-Vee Pharmacy location.

A parent or legal guardian must consent to the vaccination and accompany all minors to their vaccination. The COVID-19 vaccines are free to all eligible patients, regardless of their insurance coverage. 

It is recommended but not required that vaccine recipients and guardians bring the following to their appointment: insurance card or Medicare Part B red, white and blue card; photo ID; and their COVID-19 vaccination record card. Masks are required. If patients do not have insurance, they can still be vaccinated.

For more details about the authorized vaccines, review the sections below: 

Pediatric Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine

The Pediatric Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, approved for ages 3 or 4, requires three vaccine doses. The second dose should be administered at least three weeks after the first dose and the third dose should be administered at least two months after the second dose.

A COVID-19 booster is not approved for Pediatric Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine recipients at this time.

 Pediatric Moderna Vaccine

The Pediatric Moderna vaccine, approved for ages 3 to 5, requires two vaccine doses. The second dose should be administered at least four weeks after the first dose. Moderately to severely immunocompromised children are eligible to receive a third (primary) dose of the Pediatric Moderna vaccine at least four weeks after the second dose.

A COVID-19 booster is not approved for Pediatric Moderna vaccine recipients at this time.

Pediatric COVID-19 vaccines can be scheduled by visiting hy-vee.com/covidvaccine.

Hy-Vee Pharmacy also offers free digital COVID-19 vaccination records to patients. To learn more, visit hy-vee.com/my-pharmacy/digital-vaccine-records.

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