Grinnell College and Hy-Vee Partner to Host COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic for Employees and Students 

Published:
March 30, 2021

Message updated 3-31-2021

Dear Grinnellians,  

To better help protect our community, we are pleased to share the news that the College has partnered with Hy-Vee to host a voluntary COVID-19 vaccination clinic for faculty, staff, and students. The vaccine is free, and you are not required to have insurance to receive the vaccine. 

Who: Grinnell College faculty, staff, and students.

What: COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic for Grinnell College employees and students using  the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine

When: Primary dose clinic: Wednesday, April 7, 2021 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. and Thursday, April 8, 2021 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.  

Second dose clinic: Wednesday, April 28, 2021 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. and Thursday, April 29, 2021 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.  

Where: Darby Gymnasium in Bear Athletic Center; parking is available across the street. 

How to Register 

  • Follow this link to register - This link is a private link unique to Grinnell College for employees and students only. Registration will close Saturday, April 3, 2021 at noon.  
  • All adults over 18 in Iowa are eligible to receive the vaccine as of April 5, per Governor Reynolds. The Hy-Vee sign-up portal has not been updated to reflect this yet. When signing up, please indicate “Yes” for eligibility in order to complete your sign up.
  • Have your insurance information ready. This is for administrative purposes only; all providers require this information. If you do not have insurance – you can still register. You will be able to indicate if you do not have insurance on the registration form. 
  • You will be asked if this is your first or second dose. Indicate “first dose.” This will cue the schedule options for your first dose. Although the site will ask you to sign up for your second dose, you will skip this step at this time. Once our primary dose clinic has ended, a new signup link will be sent to schedule your second dose on April 28 or 29. 
  • If you have already received a first dose of the Pfizer vaccine elsewhere and you are between 21 and 42 days since your first dose, please elect the “second dose” option and bring your vaccination card with you to your appointment on campus. 
  • If you received your first dose of the Pfizer vaccine at the Grinnell Hy-Vee, please keep your appointment at the Grinnell Hy-Vee 
  • If you received a first dose of the Moderna vaccine, you will need a Moderna second dose, which will not be available at this vaccination clinic.  

What to Expect at your Appointment

  • Bring your Pcard to your appointment to verify your affiliation with Grinnell College. 
  • Wear a mask and short sleeves/garments that will allow exposure of your upper arm. 
  • After your vaccine dose, you will be required to wait 15 before leaving the clinic as a measure to ensure your safety. 

Campus leaders support your choice to be vaccinated and request supervisors and faculty to provide flexibility in scheduling to accommodate appointments and immune response time off. Employees may remain clocked-in for vaccine appointments if needed and may also utilize their COVID time-off allocation for missed days due to immune response. Vaccination is not a requirement to teach in person or to phase back to in-person work on campus. 

If you need help getting registered, a sign-up help desk will be available in the HSSC Atrium (south plaza entrance) from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. Wednesday, March 31 and in the Natatorium Lobby from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. Thursday, April 1. Please bring your Pcard and insurance card if you have one. 

Please contact SHAW at shaw@grinnell.edu or call 641-269-3230 with questions. 

Frequently Asked Questions 

What changes after my first dose? 
While you are on your way to being better protected, the CDC recommends that after you’ve been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you should keep taking precautions in public places, such as wearing a mask, staying 6 feet apart from others, and avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces until we know more. Immunity doesn't fully develop until 14 days after the second dose. 

Why is Grinnell College partnering with Hy-Vee to host this clinic? 
Thank you to Deb Shill and the SHAW team for their coordination of this vaccination clinic. Campus community vaccination will help us keep each other safer and help move us toward opportunities for increased in-person activities. The College’s partnership with Hy-Vee to vaccinate employees and students will efficiently vaccinate many people in a short period of time, which will alleviate the high demand for appointments through the public health department and allow more opportunities for Grinnell community members to receive the vaccine. 

Will there be more vaccination clinics on campus in the future? 
Our primary dose clinic on April 7 and 8, and corresponding second dose clinic on April 28 and 29, are the only clinics the College has been able to secure at this time. We continue to work with Hy-Vee and Poweshiek County Public Health to explore options for future clinics and will update our campus community as soon as those become available. We encourage campus community members interested in vaccination to sign up this week. 

Please visit the COVID-19 Vaccine webpage for additional frequently asked questions.  

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