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COVID booster shots approved for all adults: 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 — On Friday, the U.S. opened COVID-19 booster shots to all adults and took the extra step of urging people 50 and older to seek one.

Until now, Americans faced a confusing list of who was eligible for a booster that varied by age, their health and which kind of vaccine they got first.

Under the new rules, anyone 18 or older can choose either a Pfizer or Moderna booster six months after their last dose. For anyone who got the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine, the wait already was just two months. People can also mix-and-match boosters from any company.

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


CVS said nearly 10,000 of its pharmacies will start offering COVID-19 boosters to all adults 18 and older starting Saturday, Nov. 20. 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 recommended 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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MercyOne announced Friday it is now offering boosters to all eligible patients 18 and older.

A spokesperson 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 already had boosters available for those the age of 65 or over the age of 18 with underlying health conditions. When asked if newly eligible individuals 18+ will be able to get the vaccine at the health department, a spokesperson said, "We have to wait until we hear from Iowa Department of Public Health regarding vaccine orders and supplies."

Those who meet the previous 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

A spokesperson for the Story County Health Department confirmed they are now offering the boosters to eligible patients 18+.

Appointments can be made online here or by calling 1-800-945-8563.


Walgreens said more than 9,000 locations will start offering boosters to newly eligible adults starting Nov. 20. The chain 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 (excluding Thanksgiving Day). 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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