Linn County began offering vaccine to Tier 1, Group 2 populations. This includes early childhood education staff, school transportation staff, childcare centers with 10 or more staff, pre-K 5th grade building teachers and staff, and Grant Wood Area Education Agency staff working with pre-K 5th grade students. These individuals will be notified of how to make an appointment through their employer. Due to limited supply of vaccine, it will take several weeks to vaccinate this group. In addition, Iowa activated the Retail Pharmacy Program. In Linn County, select Hy-Vee locations and Clark’s Pharmacy are participating pharmacies. Limited vaccines are available in select locations to persons 65 years of age and older by appointment only. Because vaccine remains in short supply, not everyone who is eligible will be able to get vaccine right away.
At this time, vaccinated persons should continue to follow current guidance to protect themselves and others from the virus, including wearing a mask, staying at least 6 feet away from others, avoiding crowds, covering coughs and sneezes, and washing hands often.
Linn County Public Health also updated its guidelines for actions to combat increase in COVID-19, moving from Tier 2 to Tier 3.