Iowa Announces Expanded Eligibility for COVID-19 Vaccine

Iowa Eligibility Update

On Thursday, March 4, the Iowa Department of Public Health announced that beginning Monday, March 8, health care providers are now authorized to vaccinate individuals 64 years of age and younger with medical conditions that are or may be an increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19.  Qualifying underlying conditions can be found here:  CDC's List of Underlying Conditions.  The IDPH press announcement also stated:  "This announcement comes as several Iowa counties have reported they are nearing completion for vaccinating previous priority population groups. Some counties and vaccine providers will remain focused on previous priority populations until they are closer to completion.  Because vaccine production has not fully met the demand for vaccine, Iowans will need to remain patient as vaccine production increases. The White House announced this week that by the end of May, there will be enough vaccine for anyone over the age of 16 who chooses to receive one."

Proof of medical condition will not be needed.  It will be based on self-report. 

There are thousands of individuals still eligible for vaccine in Phase 1B 65+ and Phase 1B Tier 2-5 priority groups in Scott County.  As with each move between eligible priority groups, this transition will take time.  We are hopeful that increased vaccine supply in the upcoming weeks will help smooth this transition.  Local healthcare providers will expand into vaccinating this group as they are able, based on the number of previously eligible individuals needing vaccination and supply of vaccine.

We ask for your patience during this transition.  

March 5, 2021