A COVID-19 vaccine will help our bodies develop immunity to the virus that causes COVID-19 without us having to get the illness. Vaccines train the immune system to prevent infections and illness by making antibodies and special white blood cells.
Due to the limited vaccine, the federal government and the state of Iowa have established priority groups that are being given the vaccine first due to their risk of exposure to COVID-19 and they risk for serious illness or death as a result of COVID-19. We expect production of the vaccine to increase in 2021, when there will eventually be enough supply of the vaccine for everyone who would like to receive it. Information from Iowa's Infectious Disease Advisory Council and it's recommendations can be found here:
The Iowa Department of Public Health is reporting data on vaccines distributed statewide and by county. Information is available at https://coronavirus.iowa.gov/pages/vaccineinformation.
Iowa has established a priority group list that determines which groups will receive vaccine as limited supply remains an issue.
Phase 1A: Healthcare Workers & Long-Term Care Residents
Phase 1C: Individuals 64 years of age and younger with medical conditions that are or may be an increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19. See CDC recommendations at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/people-with-medicalconditions.html
Scott County Health Department will be utilizing these prioritization guidelines to identify the populations vulnerable to high risk of exposure or severity of illness to provide vaccination while supply of vaccine remains low.
The current recommendations of the IDAC can be found here: https://idph.iowa.gov/Emerging-Health-Issues/Novel-Coronavirus/IDAC.
The Iowa Department of Public Health has issued a vaccine shortage order. This order requires vaccine providers, by law, to only administer vaccines to individuals included in Phase 1A and Phase 1B.
Below is the anticipated vaccine rollout:
In the meantime, the best ways you can protect yourself from COVID-19 is by:
The Scott County Health Department and partners of the QC COVID-19 Coalition are sharing information on our website COVID-19 Vaccine clinic page, social media pages, and with local media, community partners, and healthcare providers. You can also register to receive email updates on when information on clinics, priority groups, and other COVID-19 information is posted on our site: Subscribe for COVID-19 Vaccine Updates.
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