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Vaccination Update for Polk County - February 26, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccinations Update

February 26, 2021

In Iowa, COVID-19 vaccinations continue across various locations, including Polk County Health Department (PCHD), Hy-Vee Pharmacies, Drake University and Medicap Pharmacies by appointment only. Appointments are based on supply for the week and are currently being distributed among the following individuals:

  • 65 years and older
  • First responders
  • PK-12 staff, early childhood education, childcare workers
  • 1A: Healthcare workers and long-term care facilities staff and residents

At this time, the groups above include more than 100,000 individuals. Because demand is exceeding supply, all vaccination appointments are based upon available vaccine supply. PCHD is dedicated to making sure that everyone who wants a vaccination can get one.

Visiting a Vaccination Location

When visiting a local vaccination site, you will need to wear a mask, bring a photo form of personal identification (driver’s license, passport or state identification card) and your vaccine card (if you are receiving the second dose). For those waiting to receive their second dose, you will be contacted as close to your recommended second dose vaccination date as possible. Those vaccinated through PCHD will receive an email with a link to schedule their second shot.

Future Tiers

The PCHD estimates that Phase 1B, tier 2 will begin in late spring of 2021. Tier 2 will include frontline essential workers in food, agriculture and manufacturing sectors who live or work in non-social distanced settings, as well as individuals with disabilities living in home settings and their direct care staff. Tiers 3-5 will follow, including:

  • Tier 3 — staff and individuals living in congregate settings not covered by previous phase or tier and government officials engaged in business at the Iowa State Capitol
  • Tier 4 — Inspectors responsible for health, life and safety
  • Tier 5 — Correctional facility staff and incarcerated individuals

Once Phase 1B is complete, Phase 1C will begin immediately, vaccinating individuals 64 years of age and younger with medical conditions that are or may be an increased risk of severe illness for COVID-19.

While vaccines are being administered throughout Greater Des Moines (DSM), the PCHD continues to recommend prevention practices, including wearing a mask in public places, socially distancing, washing your hands frequently and staying home at first signs of illness.

Schedule an appointment at the PCHD or search for a location near you.

The Polk County Health Department works to create the conditions for all people to live healthy lives by engaging residents, reducing health disparities and attending to the needs of Polk County’s most vulnerable families.

You can count on The Partnership to continue to share accurate and fact-based updates. See more on COVID-19 here.

Rick Kozin

Rick Kozin is director of public health at the Polk County Health Department in Greater Des Moines (DSM).