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A local grocery store will be assisting in getting vaccines in people's arms in Iowa. Hy-Vee has announced that they are partnering with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to assist with administering vaccines.

On Tuesday, officials from Hy-Vee announced that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced its Federal Retail Pharmacy Program for COVID-19 Vaccination partners, and Hy-Vee has been named a national partner. Hy-Vee will be a national partner in both Iowa and South Dakota.

According to the press release, the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program is a collaboration between the federal government and 21 national pharmacy partners and independent pharmacy networks to increase access to the COVID-19

vaccine throughout the U.S. This program is one component of the federal government’s strategy to expand access to vaccines across the country. and is being implemented incrementally based on the available vaccine supply, with select retail pharmacy locations providing COVID-19 vaccine to eligible individuals.

Officials from Hy-Vee say that starting the week of February 8, they anticipate receiving vaccine allocations directly from the CDC to help vaccinate qualifying residents in Iowa and South Dakota according to each state’s vaccination guidelines.

Officials want those to know that there will be an extremely limited vaccine allocation to start, with more allocations expected in the upcoming weeks.

Randy Edeker, Hy-Vee’s chairman, CEO and president said in the press release,

“We have the infrastructure and resources in place to serve communities throughout our eight-state region as soon as we receive additional vaccine. 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. Those are eligible can get one by appointment only at select Hy-Vee Pharmacy locations. When vaccines become available, appointments can be made through Hy-Vee’s online scheduler here.

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