Due to the number of positive COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations across the country and locally, Linn County has closed most buildings to the public to help reduce community spread of the virus and to help ensure continuity of County services.
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The Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine from Johnson and Johnson was reviewed at the February 26, 2021 Food and Drug Administration meeting and was approved for emergency use. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices is anticipated to begin the reviewal and approval process on February 28. The Janssen COVID-19 vaccine is stored in the refrigerator and it is a one dose vaccine, which will allow for more flexible use of vaccine administration. Pending approval, Iowa is anticipated to receive 25,600 doses the week of March 1-5.
As spring break approaches and an increasing number of individuals are vaccinated, many people are considering traveling. Some travel requirements are in place, and everyone should follow travel recommendations. Travel increases your chance of spreading and getting COVID-19. CDC recommends that you do not travel at this time. Delay travel and stay home to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.
A state webpage has launched dedicated to COVID-19 vaccine information for the general public. The Vaccinate Iowa page can be found at vaccinate.iowa.gov. The page is available in multiple languages and is a centralized place for COVID-19 vaccine information.
COVID-19 vaccine information is also available on the COVID-19 in Iowa page at https://coronavirus.iowa.gov/pages/vaccineinformation.
Beginning March 8, the 211 Call Center is expanding to offer additional assistance to older Iowans without access to technology. This expansion will include vaccine navigator services to help with scheduling an appointment for vaccine and transportation needs. 211 is partnering with Area Agencies on Aging to help older Iowans. Heritage Area Agency on Aging is the organization that serves Linn County.
Both COVID-19 vaccines in use currently (Pfizer and Moderna) are two-dose vaccines. Due to vaccine distribution methods and supply limitations, all individuals receiving a vaccine should plan to get their first and second dose at the same location. There is no guarantee a second dose will be available at a location other than where the first dose was administered.
Linn County Tier 1, Group 3 populations continue to be offered vaccine. Vaccine will continue to be offered to all eligible populations, including Phase 1A and Phase 1B, Tier 1, Group 2 populations as they are identified and request vaccine. Those populations should complete the employer vaccine form to request vaccination.
Vaccine remains in short supply, and not everyone in Phase 1B will be able to get vaccine right away. It may take weeks to months for the Phase 1B populations to receive vaccine.
Linn County continues to receive about 3,000 doses of vaccine per week. Linn County Public Health will continue to ensure an equal balance of vaccine is available in Linn County to persons 65 and older, prioritized frontline workers, and specific populations vulnerable to high risk of exposure or severity of illness. Vaccine is available within Linn County to persons 65 and older through the Retail Pharmacy Program.
Persons 65 years and older
Linn County Public Health (LCPH) is compiling information from employers to help link employers and their staff to agencies administering the COVID-19 vaccine as it becomes available. LCPH has developed an employer vaccine form for employers interested in offering COVID-19 vaccine to their employees.
For questions about COVID-19 vaccine in Linn County:
Please sign up to receive email notifications for COVID-19 Status Updates to keep up-to-date on vaccine rollout updates and other important information regarding COVID-19 response. For assistance with signing up for updates, view this video. In addition to the Linn County COVID-19 vaccine website LinnCounty.org/Vaccine, updates will also be shared on Facebook and Twitter. For questions on COVID-19 vaccine in Linn County, call 319-892-6097. Stay tuned to local news outlets for updated information.
Note: The State of Iowa has transitioned from reporting positive individuals to positive tests. Linn County will continue to report positive individuals. Therefore, numbers from the state and Linn County dashboard will not match.
Additional data on COVID-19 cases is available on Linn County’s case count dashboard.
Additional Linn County metrics are available on Linn County’s metrics dashboard.
For more COVID-19 information specific to Linn County, visit LinnCounty.org/COVID19.