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Hy-Vee Pharmacies Offering Free Moderna and Janssen (J&J) COVID Booster  Vaccines 

Late Thursday, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended boost doses for those previously vaccinated with the Mordena or Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccines.

With that approval, Hy-Vee, Inc. has announced that free Moderna and Janssen (J&J)  COVID-19 vaccine booster doses are now available at Hy-Vee Pharmacy locations across its eight-state region, including Charles City and Mason City. Hy-Vee strongly encourages scheduling your booster vaccination in advance. The booster vaccines are free to all eligible patients, regardless of their insurance coverage

The CDC recommends Moderna booster dose for select Moderna vaccine recipients at least 6 months after their second vaccine  dose. They include  Long-term care facility residents, individuals ages 65+, Individuals ages 18+ with underlying medical conditions,  Individuals ages 18-64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because  of occupational or institutional setting 

The CDC also recommends a booster dose for all Janssen vaccine recipients ages 18 and older at least 2 months after  their first vaccine dose.  

The latest approval from the CDC now makes booster shots available for all three available COVID-19 vaccines. The CDC’s recommendations also now allow for mixing and matching dosing for booster shots.  


Mark Pitz

News Director/Weekdays 10am to 2pm on 95.9 KCHA

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