Thank you for choosing Medicap Pharmacy to get your COVID-19 vaccine. We value your trust and loyalty.
Most of our locations are offering vaccines. Please visit your nearest location's page for vaccine availability as well as appointment and walk-in details.
When you get a COVID-19 vaccine, you are joining the effort to protect yourself and those around you from COVID-19.
Booster Vaccines (Third Dose)
Booster Vaccines for adults 65+ & specific high-risk groups
CDC’s independent advisory committee, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted
on September 23, 2021 to recommend a booster dose of Pfizer’s mRNA COVID-19 vaccine in certain
populations. Individuals may self-attest (i.e. self-report that they are eligible) and receive a
booster shot wherever vaccines are offered (including at Medicap Pharmacy).
These recommendations are ONLY for those who originally received the two-dose primary series of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine.
Effective immediately, CDC recommends:
People 65 years and older and residents in long-term care settings should receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series.
People aged 50–64 years with underlying medical conditions should receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series.
People aged 18–49 years with underlying medical conditions may receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks.
People aged 18-64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting may receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks.
Booster Vaccines for Immunocompromised individuals
The recently authorized third doses of Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines are available at Medicap Pharmacy for severely to moderately immunocompromised individuals. Patients should receive a third vaccine dose at least 28 days after their second vaccine dose. It is strongly recommended that individuals receive the same vaccine manufacturer as their previous dose(s). Patients can schedule a third-dose appointment in advance online or walk in with no appointment on certain days.
Please note: Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine recipients will NOT be administered additional COVID-19 vaccine doses until authorized by the FDA and CDC.
Click here to learn more about the latest CDC recommendations for a 3rd dose of Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.
Frequently asked questions
Where can I learn more about the vaccine I am getting?
The FDA provides fact sheets for each vaccine. Once approved, these documents are Vaccine Information Sheets (VIS) – until then, they are given Emurgency Use Authorization (EUA). These documents are kept up-to-date to reflect any changes in information.
What should I do when getting the COVID-19 vaccine?
Whether you have an appointment or are coming to a walk-in time, please follow the below instructions:
Bring a valid photo ID and insurance card (if applicable).
If you have made an appointment:
Arrive at the pharmacy at or a few minutes before your scheduled appointment time.
If you would prefer to not come in, please call the pharmacy and let us know that you would like to receive your vaccine in the parking lot.
Wear a mask and a short sleeved shirt so we can access your upper arm.
Plan to be at the pharmacy for 30 minutes. It is important that you stay at the pharmacy for 15 to 30 minutes after you get the vaccine so you can be monitored for any reactions that may occur.
Do I need to call the pharmacy to schedule my second dose vaccination?
No. If you received your first dose at Medicap Pharmacy, you will receive an email, text or phone call to schedule your second vaccine dose. While your vaccine card indicates a specific date for your next vaccine, receiving the second dose on that EXACT date may not be feasible. Having a slight delay in getting the second dose will not comporomise the effectiveness of the vaccine, and there is no need to start the series over again.
What should I do if the online scheduling form isn't working?
If we do not have any of a particular vaccine, we disable our online scheduling option – we can't make appointments to give a vaccine that we don't have. You will know that we don't have availability if you see:
All of the time slots are grayed out
You see a "No slots available" message
The form doesn't allow submissions
You see an error message or "Form is unavailable" message when you click the link.
Can the COVID-19 vaccine give me COVID-19?
No. None of the COVID-19 vaccines currently authorized for use or in development in the United States use the live virus that causes COVID-19. However, it typically takes a few weeks for the body to build immunity after vaccination. That means it’s possible you could be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 just before or just after vaccination and get sick.
Can my child get vaccinated for COVID-19?
Children 12 years of age and older can receive the Pfizer vaccine. Moderna and Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccines are currently authorized for those 18 years and older.
Do need to get vaccinated if I already had COVID-19 and recovered?
Yes. CDC recommends that you get vaccinated even if you have already had COVID-19, because you can catch it more than once. While you may have some short-term antibody protection after recovering from COVID-19, we don’t know how long this protection will last.
Is it safe to get a COVID-19 vaccine if I have an underlying medical condition?
Yes. COVID-19 vaccination is especially important for people with underlying health problems like heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, and obesity. People with these conditions are more likely to get very sick from COVID-19.
Is it better to get natural immunity to COVID-19 rather than immunity from a vaccine?
No. While you may have some short-term antibody protection after recovering from COVID-19, we don’t know how long this protection lasts. Vaccination is the best protection, and it is safe. People who get COVID-19 can have serious illnesses, and some have debilitating symptoms that persist for months.
Will the shot hurt or make me sick?
There may be side effects, but they should go away within a few days. This does not mean you have COVID-19. Side effects are signs that the vaccine is working to build immunity. If they don’t go away in a week, or you have more serious symptoms, call your doctor.
What should I do if I experience a bad reaction?
Can the COVID-19 vaccine cause infertility?
Can I get the COVID-19 vaccine if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?
Pregnant and recently pregnant women are at a higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 than nonpregnant women. Additionally, pregnant women with COVID-19 are at a higher risk for preterm birth and might have a higher risk for other adverse pregnancy outcomes.
Where can I get tested for COVID-19?
If you have symptoms of COVID-19 or think you have been exposed, you should get tested. One option that is free to all Iowans is Test Iowa, a partnership between Iowa Department of Health and the State Hygienic Lab. The tests are self-administered, PCR tests from a salive sample (not a nasal swab). Results typically take 24 hours once received by the lab. Click here to find a pick-up site.
Request that kit(s) be mailed to you by filling out a request on the Test Iowa website. Wait time varies can take 7-10 business days. Kits can be sent back via UPS or brought to a drop off location.
Pick up kit(s) at one of the pick-up locations. No appointment is necessary. Some sites offer pick-up and drop-off services where you can test on-site. Other locations are pick-up only and kits are then sent via UPS to the lab.