April 22, 2021

COVID vaccine open to all adults in Union County

Union County Public Health and Greater Regional Health announced as of March 31, 2021, they are offering COVID-19 vaccines to all adults. Patients ages 18 years and older can self-schedule for the COVID-19 vaccine.

Appointments will be scheduled weekly. The first available slots are April 7 and April 8, between 9:15 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. Vaccination clinics will be able to vaccinate 150 people per day in the Medical Arts Plaza Conference Room.

Self-scheduling can be done on Greater Regional Health’s website greaterregional.org. Those who are unable to access the website to self-schedule, may call 641-362-1006.

Hy-Vee

Creston Hy-Vee is scheduling appointments for COVID-19 vaccinations for anyone over the age of 18 regardless of underlying health conditions.

Hy-Vee announced March 31 that the COVID-19 vaccine is now available at all of the company’s more than 270 Hy-Vee pharmacy locations across its eight-state region, including Iowa.

Creston pharmacy manager Jim Ide said there is only one brand of vaccine that is approved for use in those under 18 and the Creston Hy-Vee has a different brand.

Randy Edeker, Hy-Vee’s chairman, CEO and president stated, “Hy-Vee’s rapid COVID-19 vaccine expansion has allowed us to reach key communities in both urban and rural areas across the Midwest.”

Free COVID-19 vaccinations are available at all Hy-Vee pharmacies by appointment only. Those interested in receiving the vaccine should call the pharmacy directly at 641-782-8417.

Hy-Vee also offers free COVID-19 lab testing (molecular PCR), rapid antigen COVID-19 testing and rapid antibody testing to test for past COVID-19 infection. To schedule a testing appointment visit hy-vee.com/covidtesting.

Other

According to local representatives, Creston Medicap and Walmart pharmacies do not have vaccines available as of Thursday morning.

REGINA SMITH

Reporter, columnist, teacher, children's book author, book store owner - Regina Smith has a wide range of experience in writing and education. She combines those interests and experiences to cover city and county government and human interest stories as well as writing a biweekly column in her home town of Creston, Iowa.