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Learn how to schedule a COVID vaccine appointment in Iowa

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April 21 Update

All Iowans can schedule a vaccine by calling 2-1-1, Gov. Kim Reynolds announced on April 21.

April 13 update

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have recommended a "pause" in administering the Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine after reports of blood clots in six women.

"With the announcement [Tuesday morning], the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has advised that all Iowa vaccine providers pause administration of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine until more details are confirmed," IDPH said in a statement.

Webster County Public Health confirms to Local 5 that a single-dose vaccination clinic scheduled for Wednesday has been canceled.

The University of Northern Iowa vaccine clinic scheduled for this week  has also been canceled.

"No J&J vaccine has been administered on campus," the school said in a statement. "[Tuesday] was the only day this week that the J&J vaccine was scheduled to be used. Students, faculty and staff who registered for the remaining days this week will receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine."

Iowa State University has also canceled its vaccine clinic.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

Latest vaccination clinics

Local 5 will compile some of the newest announced mass vaccination clinics at the top of this story. For county-by-county information, scroll down below to the Iowa Department of Public Health map.

Carroll County

Carroll County Public Health released the following information on a mass vaccination clinics this week

  • Thursday, April 15 (1,000 Moderna first doses); second dose scheduled for Friday, May 14
  • 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (both dates)
  • Westgate Mall in Carroll (West Entrance on Carroll Street)
  • Another clinic will be hosted Saturday, April 17 at St. Anthony Clinic in Carroll
  • Click here to sign up for an appointment

University of Northern Iowa

UNI will begin administering vaccines Tuesday to students, faculty and staff who have registered for one of the four West Gym clinic locations.

The clinics will continue through Friday, and registration emails for all eligible groups on campus went out last week.

“Vaccines are enhancing our community’s continued fight against COVID-19, and we are glad to play a role by offering vaccinations for our students and employees,” President Mark A. Nook said in a statement. “This is another important step as we all prepare for the safe, in-person return of activities we enjoy, and for a great year ahead at UNI.”

1,600 doses are expected to be administered this week.

“Vaccinating students is one of our top priorities, and we hope to vaccinate hundreds before they return home at the end of the semester,” Student Health Center Shelley O’Connell said.

To make the vaccine scheduling process simpler, keep the following things in mind:

Do

  • Only book one appointment
  • Frequently check websites for appointments because they open up sporadically
  • Keep an eye on stores social media pages for vaccine appointment updates
  • Check one of the websites above or Vaccine Hunter's for information about available appointments
  • Have your information ready when scheduling appointments

Don't

  • Book more than one appointment
  • Plan on getting your second dose (if applicable) at a different location
  • Call unless you are unable to use or access a computer

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Where to get vaccinated 

The Iowa Department of Public Health 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.

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Various Providers

Boone County

Boone County residents who are eligible for the vaccine will be able to get their shot through Boone County Public Health and Boone County Hospital

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.

Boone County expects the biggest issue with expanded availability 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

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. 

Appointments can be made online or by phone (515-993-3750).

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: 

Jasper County

The Jasper County Public Health website lists three locations for individuals 65 and older to get vaccinated and those 64 and below with underlying health conditions. 

"Jasper County still has very limited vaccine supply available," the website says. "We will continue to work with our community partners to get our allocated vaccines out to those eligible. Please be patient as plans are changing often."

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.

Phone number: 641-787-9224 (Multilingual line: 1-877-558-2609)

Madison County

The Madison County Public Health department is updating residents on vaccine information on their website.

The department routinely posts to Facebook and Twitter with more information on eligibility in the county.

Phone number: 515-462-9051

Marion County

Marion County Public Health (641-828-2238) is hosting first-dose-only Moderna vaccination clinics the week of April 5 at the following times and locations:

These clinics are only for those who live or work in Marion County.

A second-dose clinic is also being held Saturday, April 10 at Dyer Hudson Hall on the Marion County Fairgrounds in Knoxville. Those due for their second dose will receive a text message from the Marion County Public Health Department.

For assistance with scheduling an appointment call 641-828-2238.  Once all appointments are filled a notification will be posted onto the following websites: 

A schedule of clinic dates and locations will be released on Mondays here.

Polk County

Polk County updates its website regularly to reflect who is eligible. 

Here is a list of providers with links to schedule an appointment:

RELATED: Polk County remembers those lost 1 year after first resident died from COVID

Story County

Story County (515-239-6730 or 800-529-4610) posts updates online and on the Mary Greeley Medical Center Facebook page.

Warren County

Warren County Health Services (515-961-1074) 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.