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COVID booster shots approved for everyone 12 and up: Here's where to get one in Iowa

Here's where you can get a booster shot of the COVID-19 vaccine in and around Des Moines.

DES MOINES, Iowa — The CDC is recommending everyone 12 and older get a COVID-19 booster as soon as they're eligible.

Boosters were originally just approved for adults, but on Wednesday the CDC endorsed a Pfizer shot for younger teens—those 12 to 15 years old. Boosters were opened to 16- and 17-year-olds last month.

Here's where you can get a booster shot in central Iowa


CVS said nearly 10,000 of its pharmacies are offering COVID-19 boosters. Appointments are recommended and can be scheduled online here or through the CVS app.


The grocery store chain is offering booster shots throughout the metro. Appointments are required and can be scheduled online here or over the phone at 888-330-3307. Masks are required.

The store said it is recommended (but not required) that recipients bring the following to their appointment: insurance card (if they have insurance) and Medicare Part B card (if they have Medicare), photo ID, and their COVID-19 vaccination record card.

Hy-Vee noted anyone who does not have insurance can still be vaccinated for free.

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A spokesperson for MercyOne said patients should contact their primary care physicians to schedule an appointment.

MercyOne will also have boosters available at their Saturday vaccination clinics at their Urbandale location. Appointments are encouraged.

Polk County

The county health department is now offering boosters for everyone 12 and up.

Those who meet eligibility standards can schedule an appointment at the health department online here or over the phone by calling 515-323-5221. The county also has a Spanish helpline at 515-344-3936

Story County

Appointments to get the booster shot through the Story County Health Department can be made online here or by calling 1-800-945-8563.


Walgreens said appointments are recommended and can be scheduled online, in the Walgreens app or by calling 1-800-925-4733.

Walmart & Sam's Club

Patients can get their booster shots either by appointment or walk-in. Schedule an appointment on the Walmart or Sam's Club websites.

Warren County

The County Health Department is offering booster shots on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Patients must complete this form or call 515-961-1074 to schedule an appointment.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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