Health Department and Partners Open COVID-19 Vaccination to 65 Years and Older

January 21, 2021

(Des Moines, IA) – Starting, Thursday, January 21, 2021, The Polk County Health Department and select Hy-Vee and Medicap pharmacies will open COVID-19 vaccine appointments to 65 years and older pending vaccine allocation at their pharmacy locations. Partners will continue to vaccinate Phase 1A during this time.

February 1, 2021, COVID-19 vaccine appointments will be open to:

  • 65 years and older
  • First Responders
  • PK-12 staff, early childhood education, childcare workers
  • 1A: Healthcare workers and long term care facilities staff and residents

COVID-19 vaccine appointments will be available based on vaccine availability. To find COVID-19 vaccine locations and appointment availability, please visit:

Please note: the selected pharmacies listed above are the only pharmacies that can start vaccinating 65 years and older. Please do not call your clinics or hospitals as they do not have vaccine for 65 years and older at this time.

If you are to receive your second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, you do not need to go to the same location where you received the first dose. Make sure to bring your vaccination card with you at your second dose appointment.

We would also like to remind the community if you are scheduling appointments at more than one place, please be mindful and cancel additional appointments. You are taking away vaccine spots from community members who greatly need the vaccine or possibly wasting vaccine.

Please visit for the most current vaccine information.




COVID-19 call center for seniors (65 years and older) WITHOUT computer or internet access, please call 515 323-5221 Monday – Friday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM.