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Hy-Vee now offering COVID-19 vaccine without appointment
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Hy-Vee now offering COVID-19 vaccine without appointment

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Hy-Vee is now offering COVID-19 vaccines without an appointment at all of its Lincoln locations.

Hy-Vee has become the first local COVID-19 vaccine provider to offer the shot without an appointment.

The Iowa-based supermarket chain announced Wednesday that all of its pharmacies are now offering vaccinations on a walk-in basis. The company said people still can sign up for appointments if they want to.

Hy-Vee spokeswoman Christina Gayman said while demand is still pretty high in larger cities like Lincoln, it has tapered off in rural areas. She also said vaccine supply is in good shape now that vaccine manufacturers have had time to catch up.

The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department reported Tuesday that only about 5,500 Lancaster County residents got a first vaccine dose last week, down from 15,000 the previous week and the lowest total since the week ending Feb. 26.

COVID-19 vaccination pace slowing down in Lincoln, statewide

Total vaccinations, including first and second doses, numbered about 11,500 last week, down from 24,600 a week earlier.

Those numbers mirror a statewide trend. State health officials said 93,284 doses of the vaccines were administered last week in Nebraska, which was less than half the 211,057 doses the state reported a week earlier.

As of Wednesday, Lancaster County reported that 66% of residents age 16 and over have received at least one dose of the vaccine. The county reported 53 new coronavirus cases, but no new deaths. Those hospitalized locally with COVID-19 include 21 county residents.

The local Health Department plans to start doing smaller clinics in more targeted areas rather than holding mass clinics at Pinnacle Bank Arena, although it has not yet announced any walk-in clinics.

Hy-Vee was one of the first providers to start offering vaccine in Lincoln as part of the Federal Retail Pharmacy program. Since then, the company has been joined by several large chains, including Walmart, Walgreens, CVS and Costco.

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Matt Olberding is a Lincoln native and University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate who has been covering business for the Journal Star since 2005.

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