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Links and information specific to select Iowa pharmacies. Currently vaccinating 65+ and Phase 1B*, along with ages 16-64 with underlying conditions

Vaccines offered at this time are Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson and Johnson as of 2.5.21

If you are booking for a friend or family member, make sure to have their:

-Full Name
-Date of Birth
-Phone Number

* Not all pharmacies are vaccinating all of Phase 1B. HyVee is accepting ALL Iowans who qualify (including those with underlying conditions). CVS currently is orking through only 65+ and 1B.

Hy-Vee Pharmacies

Hy-Vee is the easiest to navigate as they don’t require a ton of information up front. However, I highly recommend having a Hy-Vee pharmacy account set up and call ahead with updated Medicare or Insurance information to speed up the check in process.

  • Currently Eligible: Age 65+ and Phase 1B

    • First responders

    • PK+12 school staff,

    • Early childhood education, and

    • Childcare workers and staff,

    • Essential workers in food processing

    • Essential workers agriculture production

    • Essential workers distribution

    • Essential workers manufacturing

    • Individuals with disabilities living in home settings and their direct care staff

    • Iowans age 16-64 with pre-existing conditions

  • Check with your Hy-Vee Pharmacy. Most, but not all, are accepting 1B at this time. Some are only focusing on 65+

  • Be flexible with your location, as not all counties and cities are created equal in distribution.

  • Hy-Vee does a great job scheduling your second dose when you go in for your first dose.

  • They do not hold your appointment time while you fill in the form, fast fingers are key here!

  • There is not a midnight drop of vaccines (I’ve been told that’s CVS) so don’t wait up for Hy-Vee to do this.

Check for Hy-Vee Availability

CVS Pharmacies

At this time, you have to be 65+ or 1B All tiers (but NOT those with Underlying Conditions)

  • You can book your first and second dose at the same time, which is a great feature.

  • Be prepared with all the information you have with Hy-Vee plus your Insurance and Medicare information in front of you.

  • Another upside, they hold your appointment for you while you fill out the questionnaire. Hy-Vee does not.

  • Rumor is that appointments open at midnight for the week, but I need to test this out. You’ll find random availability with this site throughout the day.

Check for CVS Availability

Vaccine Hunter

New website that returns pharmacies that have vaccine availability. Check it out and check back often!

Walgreens Pharmacies

By far the most challenging to navigate. They require you make both appointments, however they don’t typically have any availability for the second dose.

  • Only accepting 65+, no Tier 1 yet

  • Be prepared to fill out multiple pages of information in order to advance to the booking screen

  • Patient will need to be signed in and have a Walgreens account to book appointments, making it difficult to schedule for others outside your household.

Check for Walgreens Availability

Central Iowa County Updates Links included

The counties appear to fill up in about three minutes. I know Dallas County opens up at noon on Fridays.

The Polk County page will just have a BLUE button appear at the bottom to book, it’s not very intuitive. They have updated that they are prioritizing second doses of the vaccine, which could take through April.

Story County - appears they are working on 65+ Tier 1. Contacting residents instead of you being able to set up an appointment on your own.

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