COVID-19 Vaccine

General Overview 

Vaccine supply is extremely limited. We ask our community to be patient as we all work to vaccinate as many individuals as possible given the vaccine availability. 

  • While supply is limited, Linn County Public Health is following federal and state recommendations for vaccine rollouts. 
  • On 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 are eligible to begin to receive vaccine by February 1, 2021. 
  • On 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. 
  • View, print, and share our "Linn County COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution for Phase 1B" Infographic, HERE.
Correct information about COVID-19 vaccine is important. Subscribe to receive local COVID-19 Status Updates by using our NotifyMe tool and selecting "COVID-19 Status Update" under the News Flash category. For questions about COVID-19 vaccine, please call 319-892-6097. We will continue to update this page with new information. 

Vaccine Distribution

Currently, demand for vaccine far exceeds the supply. Vaccine is currently not available to the general public due to a limited supply of vaccine. Supply is expected to increase. However, it will take months before vaccine is available to everyone who wants it. View Iowa COVID-19 Vaccine Doses Administered Report, HERE.

If you are eligible for vaccine during Tier 1 of Phase 1B, select your population from the options below to see the specifics on when and where you will receive vaccine. 

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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. Learn more.  
  • 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.

Iowa COVID-19 Phase 1B Summary

All Eligible Populations

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 Information for Employers

COVID-19 Vaccine Registry Form

All Linn County employers who would like to offer vaccine to their employees must complete the form if they have not already. Complete the form by clicking the photo below:  
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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.

Learn more  

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.

Avoiding Scams: Dos and Don'ts

Dos 

  • Do consult with your provider or LCPH to learn up-to-date vaccine distribution channels and only receive information from valid sources like the CDC and FDA. 
  • Do be cautious when clicking links you receive in text messages or email messages. 
  • Do hang up the phone if you are suspicious the person on the other end is facilitating a scam.

Don’ts

  • Don’t share personal or financial information if someone solicits you via phone, text, email, social media, or comes to your door promising access to the vaccine for a fee. You can’t pay to put your name on a list to get the vaccine or pay to get early access to a vaccine.
  • Don’t open an email attachment if you are not sure what it is.

Vaccine Providers Will

  • contact current patients who are eligible to be vaccinated
  • verify your age and date of birth
  • ask for your Medicare number, if applicable
  • ask for insurance information
  • NEVER ask for your credit card number or bank information

It is possible a vaccine provider will need to verify your social security number, leave a message, or send an email asking you to contact them.

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. 

Misinformation Flowchart


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