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CURRENT: Phase 1B Tier 1
- Vaccine remains in short supply. This means not everyone in Phase 1B will be able to get vaccine right away. To help balance vaccine supply with the Phase 1B demands, IDPH has implemented a tiered prioritization, outlined below.
- Linn County is now vaccinating Phase 1B Tier 1. Populations in Tier 1 include individuals 65+, first responders (e.g., police officers, firefighters, child welfare social workers), PK-12 school staff, early childhood education, and childcare workers.
- Linn county is sub-prioritizing these populations within Tier 1, in the order previously listed, due to the limited vaccine supply. The individuals in these populations may receive vaccine when their sub-prioritized group is eligible during Phase 1B, and in future phases of vaccine rollout.
- We will continue to ensure Phase 1A long term care residents and healthcare workers that have not received their vaccine will continue to be a priority for vaccination.
All Eligible Populations
- Health Care Personnel (Phase 1A)
- Long-Term Care Resident (Phase 1A)
- Adult 65+ (Phase 1B)
- First Responder (Phase 1B)
- PK-12 School Staff and Childcare Worker (Phase 1B)
NEXT: Phase 1B, Tiers 2-5
LATER: Phase 1C
The Iowa Infectious Disease Advisory Council has recommended priority populations for Phase 1C, which include individuals 65 years of age and older and individuals 64 years of age and younger with underlying medical conditions that are or may be an increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19.
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. Additional safety information is available in the FAQ section above.
COVID-19 Scams & Misinformation
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.