April 9, 2021
COVID-19 Vaccine Information
As of April 5, all Iowans age 16 and older are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Those age 16-17 can receive only the Pfizer vaccine. Iowans age 18 and older can have the Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccines. Information on Linn County vaccine providers can be found at LinnCounty.org/Vaccine. For vaccine providers in Iowa, visit the Vaccinate Iowa webpage. More pharmacies continue to be added to the federal vaccine partnership, meaning vaccine will be available at more pharmacies as vaccine rollout continues. Vaccine supply is still limited, which means not everyone will be able to make an appointment right away.
For help with scheduling an appointment:
- Call Linn County COVID-19 call center at 319-892-6097.
- Iowans with barriers to scheduling a vaccine appointment or who do not have internet access who are 65 and older, or 64 and younger with an underlying health condition as outlined by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), can call 211 or 800-244-7431 and a vaccine navigator will help them with scheduling a vaccine appointment. Translation services are available.
For help with transportation to an appointment:
Of vaccine allocated to Linn County through Linn County Public Health, 80% will be assigned to the general public, and 20% will be assigned to Phase 1A and Phase 1B Tier 1-5 populations, in priority order. This allocation strategy for vaccine will remain in place as supply increases. Linn County will receive approximately 4,800 doses the week of April 12. The allocation the week of April 12 will not include the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, as the supply of this vaccine was significantly reduced this week to the entire state of Iowa. The supply of Johnson and Johnson vaccine is projected to be in limited supply through all of April.
The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) along with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and University of Iowa announced their collaboration to host information sessions about the COVID-19 vaccine later this month. The sessions will provide a virtual forum for Iowans to learn about the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines and have an opportunity to ask questions of medical experts. Sessions are scheduled for April 17, 19 and 24. There is no fee or registration required and the sessions are open to all. Full details and links to each session can be found here: https://www.iowacovidinfo.org/
Linn County Public Health continues to hear about scams related to COVID-19 vaccine. Recently, there have been efforts by individuals to sell vaccination cards to people who are not yet vaccinated or who are vaccine-hesitant. If you receive a call like this, it is a hoax. There have been reports of attempts to sell an appointment or an expedited placement to receive a vaccination. These attempts are either unethical or hoaxes.
There have also been reports of individuals receiving calls asking them to participate in a survey related to their Covid-19 vaccination experience, with requests for personal information such as Social Security numbers. Legitimate surveyors will never ask for personal identifiers, such as Social Security numbers.
Some individuals have attempted to sell vaccine vials or individual shots. These persons are not reputable, and you should never buy anything from an offer like this. Any shot you receive under these circumstances is highly suspect.
Here are a few simple strategies and guidelines to avoid COVID-19 vaccine scams:
- Vaccinations are free. If you receive an offer to sell you one, it is not legitimate. In some cases, a provider may charge a small fee to your health insurance for the administration of the vaccine, but they must not ask to be reimbursed from a vaccine recipient.
- You will never be asked your immigration status or Social Security number if you receive a call from someone representing themselves as a medical professional.
- Never accept a vaccination from an organization or individual who is not part of a legitimate vaccination program. Consult the Health Department in the county where you live to verify the legitimacy of any vaccine provider.
- Vaccine shipments are only provided to recognized vaccination programs, not to individuals.
- The three vaccines approved by the CDC, Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson, are all safe and effective. You should not hesitate to receive any of these from a recognized provider.
- If you receive a request to take a survey and it asks for personal information, do not provide that. Hang up immediately.
- If you feel you are the victim of a scam related to Covid-19 vaccinations, you should contact your local law enforcement agency and your County Health Department.
Linn County Public Health has additional information on how to avoid COVID-19 vaccine scams.
Vaccine Distribution Highlights
- All Iowans age 16 and older became eligible for vaccine on April 5, 2021
- Vaccination progress among select populations as of April 9
- 79% of the Linn County population age 75 and older had begun or completed COVID-19 vaccination
- 79.8% of the Linn County population age 65 and older had begun or completed COVID-19 vaccination
- 45.8% of eligible Linn County residents have either started or completed the vaccine series
- Eligible Linn County residents are all residents 16 years of age and older, which is 180,375 people
- 36.5% of the entire Linn County population have either started or completed the vaccine series
- A report of COVID-19 Vaccine Administration Dashboard by county is posted at https://coronavirus.iowa.gov/
For questions about COVID-19 vaccine in Linn County:
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Linn County Case Count Data
- Active cases: 1,088
- Currently hospitalized: 3
- Total deaths: 338
- Total recovered: 18,672
- Total cases to date: 20,098
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.
Linn County Metrics
- Test Positivity Rate*: 17.2%
- *Percent of positive tests to date since beginning of pandemic
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.