As we head into the upcoming respiratory illness season, Linn County Public Health wants all residents to be safe and healthy. One of the steps to help us reach this goal is by getting the updated COVID-19 vaccine. The updated COVID-19 vaccine is recommended for all individuals ages 6 months and up.
"Getting the updated COVID-19 vaccine is one of the best ways to keep you and our community safe and healthy this fall and winter," said Dr. Pramod Dwivedi, Linn County Public Health Director. "The updated COVID-19 vaccine allows for even better protection against COVID-19 variants that are currently circulating throughout our community and country."
Most private insurances and Medicaid/Medicare will cover the cost of the updated COVID-19 vaccine. Additionally, Linn County Public Health and Eastern Iowa Health Center are proud Bridge Access program participants. At these two locations, residents who are underinsured or uninsured may receive the updated COVID-19 vaccine at no cost.
While it's important to not forget the updated COVID-19 vaccine, residents should also receive their annual flu shot. Residents can receive the flu shot and updated COVID-19 vaccine at the same appointment, making it easy and efficient for getting protection against these two respiratory illnesses.
As a way to keep our entire community safe and healthy this respiratory season, Linn County Public Health also wants to remind residents of the 3 C's:
- Cover your cough and sneezes
- Contain your germs - stay home when sick
- Clean your hands
If you have any questions about the updated COVID-19 vaccine or other respiratory illnesses, please contact the Linn County Public Health clinic at 319-892-6093 or contact your healthcare provider's office. Vaccination locations can also be found online at vaccines.gov.