COVID-19 vaccines are effective at protecting you from getting sick. Based on what we know about COVID-19 vaccines, people who have been fully vaccinated can start to do some things they had stopped doing because of the pandemic. Learn more.
Correct information about COVID-19 vaccine is important. For questions about COVID-19 vaccine, please call 319-892-6097. Stay tuned to local news outlets for updated information. We will continue to update this page with new information.
- January 11: Iowa issued a vaccine shortage order - which included prioritizing Iowans age 75 and older - and other Iowans who are vulnerable to exposure to COVID-19 or high-risk for illness as the result of a COVID-19 infection. These 1B populations became eligible to begin to receive vaccine by February 1, 2021.
- January 21: Governor Kim Reynolds announced that Iowans age 65 years and over will also be included in Phase 1B to further expand eligibility of older adults.
- March 4: Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) amended the Phase 1B Vaccine Shortage Order to expand Phase 1B to include individuals 64 years of age and younger that are or might be at an increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19, effective March 8.
- April 5: All Iowans age 16 and above are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
Linn County LIFTS is proving free transportation for Linn County residents to confirmed vaccination appointments in Linn County. Requests for transportation must be made at least 24 hours in advance and can be made up to two weeks in advance. Learn more about the hours of operation and how to request a ride on the Linn County LIFTS webpage.
COVID-19 Vaccine Scams
Local vaccine providers are working to make sure you receive your vaccine and will be patient in this process. A scammer may not be! Local vaccine providers are reaching out to eligible patients in multiple ways. This includes by mail, phone, text, email, or messaging such as MyChart to offer appointments. Our local area agency on aging reported a scam in Iowa where someone calls to offer older Iowans the opportunity to buy a ticket to guarantee a space on the waiting list. The FBI has also warned the public to be aware of activities that indicate fraudulent activity. Learn more.
COVID-19 Vaccine Misinformation
Stick With Trusted Sources
Misinformation - and disinformation - about COVID-19 vaccines is out there. Think before you share! Inaccurate information spreads widely and at speed, making it more difficult for the public to identify verified facts and advice from trusted sources. Here is how to spot it and where to go for accurate information on COVID-19 vaccine.
Common COVID-19 Vaccine Myths
COVID-19 Vaccine Safety
The U.S. vaccine safety system ensures that all vaccines are as safe as possible. Safety is a top priority while federal partners work to make COVID-19 vaccines available. Learn more
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