- Starting April 5, all Iowans will be eligible for a vaccine appointment
- Webster, Wayne and Humboldt counties are already opening eligibility to all Iowans 18 years and up; not all counties are vaccinating residents at the same pace
- Iowans 65 and older can schedule a vaccine appointment over the phone by calling 2-1-1
- vaccinate.iowa.gov, a statewide vaccine information website to find providers and locations
- VaccineFinder.org is a tool created by national partners to help find vaccine availability across the United States by zip code
- Iowans are stepping up to help find vaccine appointments
- Demand is still far outpacing supply, so providers are urging patience.
DES MOINES — Iowa is now three months into its COVID-19 vaccination process, and every single adult in the state is expected to be eligible for the vaccine by April 5.
For now, the state is vaccinating those in Phase 1B. However, it varies by county as to who is eligible. More information on specific counties is listed later on in this article.
Here is who is listed in Phase 1B:
- Individuals 65 years and older
- Individuals 16 to 64 years old who are or might be at an increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19 due to these medical conditions
- Tier 1: First responders, PK-12 staff, early childhood education, child care workers
- Tier 2: Frontline essential workers in food, agriculture distribution and manufacturing sectors who live or work in non-social distanced settings; and individuals with disabilities living in home settings and their direct care staff
- Tier 3: Staff and individuals living in congregate settings not covered by previous Phase or Tier; Government officials, including staff, engaged in business at the State Capitol
- Tier 4: Inspectors responsible for health, life and safety
- Tier 5: Correctional facility staff and individuals incarcerated
Where to get vaccinated
Counties with open eligibility
As of Monday, March 29, four counties in Iowa have expanded vaccine eligibility to all Iowans: Webster, Wayne, Humboldt and Sac. Click on Webster or Wayne in the previous sentence to see separate stories. Information from Humboldt is below.
Humboldt County announced they will be expanding vaccine eligibility to all Iowans 16 and older. The county will host two mass clinics: one on March 31 and the other on April 1.
Appointments will be made on a first-come, first-served basis. Click/tap here to make your appointment.
Sac County is also opening up appointments for those 18 and older. A Facebook post from March 29 says the Sac County Health Services will host a clinic on March 31. Only 80 appointments are available. Call 712-662-4785 to schedule an appointment.
Iowa Department of Public Health dashboards
The dashboard below details Iowa's vaccination progress.
The dashboard below lists every vaccine provider available in each county with just a click/tap.
Local 5 has also compiled links to central Iowa county public health departments and other information to know before getting vaccinated.
NOTE: Iowans looking to get vaccinated are advised to contact their county health department and not individual clinics or facilities in order to keep phone lines clear and vaccine schedules updated. Primary care physicians are allowed to directly contact patients to schedule a vaccine appointment.
The county has a Facebook page for residents to refer to for the latest updates on vaccine allocation and COVID-19 activity.
Those eligible to schedule an appointment can call 515-433-8299 (VAXX). Every Wednesday at 8 a.m., the county opens its vaccine phone line for folks to schedule their appointments or sign up to be on their waitlist.
Residents can also register online by clicking/tapping here.
When eligibility expands on April 5, Boone County expects the biggest issue to be vaccine supply not keeping up with demand. To help, the health department asks residents to remove their names from the county's vaccine wait list if they found an appointment elsewhere.
"Either sign up for one or please take the courtesy of once you get from one place, take the courtesy of going and taking your names off of the other lists, so that we can provide that vaccine to someone else," said Dr. Brian Mehlhaus with the Boone County Board of Health.
Dallas County residents have several locations to get vaccinated, four Hy-Vee locations, the Adel Health Mart Pharmacy and the Medicap Pharmacy in Dallas Center.
The county is vaccinating those in Phase 1B Tiers 1, 2 and 3, according to the Dallas County Health Department. Appointments can be made online or by phone.
Those scheduling an appointment with the health department should note that scheduling opens at 12 p.m. on Fridays for the following week.
Here is the list with links to schedule an appointment:
The Jasper County Public Health website lists three locations for individuals 65 and older to get vaccinated. The county is also vaccinating those included in Tier 1, according to their website.
Appointments can be made at the Medicap Pharmacy in Newton by clicking/tapping this link.
Hy-Vee is also administering shots in the county. Click/tap here to schedule.
The Newton Clinic is also administering vaccines in Jasper County. For information about the clinic's vaccine, text "covidimm" to 641-792-2112.
More updates can be found on the department's Facebook page.
The Madison County Public Health department is updating residents on vaccine information via their Facebook page.
The county is vaccinating all individuals in Phase 1B.
Marion County Public Health is hosting first-dose-only Moderna vaccination clinics the week of March 29.
The first is scheduled for March 30 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the second is on April 2 from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the health department located at 2003 North Lincoln, Knoxville. Click/tap here to schedule an appointment.
Another clinic for that week is scheduled for March 31 from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Bussey Community Center. Appointments can be made with the Bussey City Clerk at 641-944-5532.
This clinic is only for those who live or work in Marion County who fall into Phase 1B.
A second-dose clinic is also being held that week on April 1 at Vermeer Pavilion in Pella. Those due for their second dose will receive a text message from the Marion County Public Health Department.
Polk County is currently vaccinating those in Phase 1B Tier 2. Their website is regularly updated to reflect who is eligible.
Here's a list of providers with links to schedule an appointment:
Story County is currently vaccinating Phase 1B Tier 2 individuals.
More updates from the department can be found on the Mary Greeley Medical Center's Facebook page.
Warren County Health Services has an online OneDrive folder with important information on COVID-19 vaccinations for the county.
Residents can also keep tabs on vaccine information by checking the department's Facebook page.