November 4, 2021
COVID-19 Vaccine Information
On Tuesday, November 2, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky endorsed the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ (ACIP) recommendation that children 5 to 11 years old be vaccinated against COVID-19 with the Pfiser-BioNTech pediatric vaccine.
COVID-19 Vaccine for children ages 5-11 years are being shipped nationwide. Inventory information is being updated on Vaccines.gov and will be available soon. In Linn County, there are several options for obtaining pediatric vaccine. A few options from healthcare partners are:
- Linn County Public Health at 1020 6th Street SE, Cedar Rapids is administering COVID-19 vaccine to ages 5 and over. Call (319) 892-6093 to schedule an appointment.
- Mercy Cedar Rapids: The Mercy Vaccine Clinic, at 5264 Council St. NE, will begin administering vaccines to children on Friday, Nov. 5, 2021. Online scheduling is now open for appointments between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, at www.mercycare.org/covidvaccine. Mercy Pediatric Clinic patients will begin scheduling appointments on Friday, Nov. 5 to receive the vaccine. Call (319) 861-7900 to schedule an appointment.
- Mount Vernon Pharmacy at 113 1st Street NE, Mount Vernon will offer COVID-19 pediatric vaccine. Call (319) 895-6248 to schedule an appointment.
- Reutzel Pharmacy at 617 8th Avenue SE, Cedar Rapids will offer COVID-19 pediatric vaccine. Call (319) 364-4181 to schedule an appointment.
- UnityPoint Health – Cedar Rapids: All UnityPoint Clinic Family Medicine and Pediatric offices will offer COVID-19 vaccines to children ages 5-11 in the coming days. Parents and guardians will be notified via MyUnityPoint and email when appointments are available.
COVID-19 vaccination is the best way to prevent becoming ill with COVID-19, and is recommended for all people 5 years and older.
Vaccine Distribution Highlights
Vaccination progress among select populations as of November 1, 2021
Percent fully vaccinated as of November 1, 2021
Change from two weeks ago
Age 65 and older (n=36,529 people)
Age 12 and older (n=192,403 people)
Total population (n=226,706 people)
Vaccination status metrics are available on Linn County’s metrics dashboard.
COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions are updated frequently.
For questions about COVID-19 vaccine in Linn County:
Linn County Case Count Data
As of 10:10 AM November 3, 2021
- Active cases: 1,976
- Currently hospitalized: 24
- Total deaths: 427
- Total recovered: 27,843
- Total cases to date: 30,2
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
As of November 3, 2021
Test Positivity Rate*
7-Day Test Positivity Rate
14-Day Test Positivity Rate
*Percent of positive tests to date since beginning of pandemic.
Additional Linn County metrics are available on Linn County’s metrics dashboard.
Preventing Spread of COVID-19
- In addition to vaccination, Linn County Public Health continues to recommend the use of other mitigation approaches including staying home when you're sick, washing your hands, and wearing masks and social distancing as a layered approach to make virus spread less likely.
- In areas with substantial and high transmission, CDC recommends that everyone (including fully vaccinated individuals) wear a mask in public indoor settings to help prevent spread of Delta and to keep your family safe. Linn County is in a high transmission or "red" area as defined by the CDC.
For more COVID-19 information specific to Linn County, visit LinnCounty.org/COVID19.