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On Monday, May 10, 2021 the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine to include adolescents 12-15 years of age. On Wednesday, May 12, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) adopted the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ (ACIP) recommendation that endorsed the safety and effectiveness of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine and its use in 12- through 15-year-old adolescents.
All Iowans age 12 and older are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccine supply has increased significantly, and anyone that wants a vaccine should get their vaccine now. Getting a vaccine is easy, and there are many local places to get a vaccine.
For help with getting a vaccine:
Linn County will receive approximately 100 doses of COVID-19 vaccine the week of May 17. This is less than the full allocation that was offered to Linn County Public Health from the Iowa Department of Public Health. Linn County Public Health did not take the full allotment of vaccine for the coming week due to decreasing demand for vaccine, and due to many local providers receiving large amounts of federally allocated vaccine.
If you are fully vaccinated you can start doing many things that you had stopped doing because of the pandemic. On May 13, the CDC updated recommendations for fully vaccinated and unvaccinated people. To learn more, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for fully vaccinated individuals or view the graphic below:
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.
Mask mandates remain in place in Linn County. The City of Cedar Rapids mask mandate was updated May 14, and is available on the City’s website. The Linn County mask requirement can be found on the Linn County website.
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.
Linn County Public Health is reviewing CDC’s updated guidance for fully vaccinated people and will make a recommendation on any changes needed to current prevention methods on Monday, May 17.
For more COVID-19 information specific to Linn County, visit LinnCounty.org/COVID19.