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Posted on: January 25, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Limited COVID-19 Vaccines Available to Persons 65 and Older Beginning January 26

COVID-19 Update

LINN COUNTY, IA – On Tuesday, January 26, individuals 65 years and older will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccine in Linn County. Today, MercyCare Clinics, UnityPoint Health Clinics and several independent health care providers will begin to contact their primary care patients age 65 and older to provide an opportunity to make a vaccination appointment. 

These organizations ask that patients do not call their clinics requesting the vaccine at this time, as a high volume of calls makes it more difficult to address those patients with immediate needs. Additionally, patients should not walk-in to clinics at this time to request vaccine. Due to the limited amount of vaccine available, appointments are required, and are anticipated to fill quickly. We ask our community to be patient as we all work to vaccinate as many individuals as possible given the vaccine availability. Additional appointments will open as more vaccine becomes available. 

For persons 65 years and older who do not have a primary care provider, Linn County Public Health will assist with locating a vaccine provider. Those individuals should call (319) 892-6097 for assistance.

Linn County continues to vaccinate Phase 1A and is preparing for Phase 1B, which will begin February 1. In Linn County, individuals 65 years and older are eligible for vaccine beginning January 26, and may receive vaccine at any time during Phase 1B, and in future phases of vaccine rollout. 

The COVID-19 vaccine rollout continues to be a fluid situation. Linn County Public Health will provide updated information on COVID-19 vaccine at LinnCounty.org/COVID19, through COVID-19 Status Updates, and on Facebook and Twitter. For questions on COVID-19 vaccine in Linn County, call 319-892-6097.

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