Black Hawk County Public Health is working with the IDPH in the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Following guidelines from IDPH and the CDC, we're beginning to distribute COVID-19 vaccines in Black Hawk County. Our phased roll-out carefully identifies and prioritizes vaccine availability based on several factors, including risk category, exposure, and occupation.
In Phase 1A, vaccines will be made available to health care personnel (HCP) and Residents of long term care facilities, including nursing homes, skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities.
Read the full IDPH recommendations for Phase 1A here.
Information Updated 1/22/21
Iowa is currently vaccinating individuals in Phase 1A, which includes health care personnel and residents and staff of long-term care facilities. With the vaccination of Phase 1A moving closer to completion, it is time to focus attention on Phase 1B. Last week, the Infectious Disease Advisory Council (IDAC) made recommendations and the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) issued a vaccine shortage order, which included prioritizing Iowans age 75 and older, and other Iowans who are vulnerable to exposure to COVID-19 or high-risk for illness as the result of a COVID-19 infection.
These populations are eligible to receive vaccine beginning February 1, 2021. Since last week, there has been a push nationally to further expand eligibility of older adults. In response to this push, Iowa is expanding Phase 1B to include Iowans age 65 and over.
However, vaccine remains in short supply. This means not everyone in Phase 1B will be able to get vaccine right away. To help balance vaccine supply with the Phase 1B demands, IDPH has implemented a tiered prioritization, outlined below. IDPH remains in close contact with our federal partners to communicate Iowa’s need for additional vaccines.
Persons aged 65 years and over, OR the following populations vulnerable to high risk of exposure or severity of illness (listed in order of priority):
Read the full IDPH recommendations for Phase 1B here.
IDPH is currently planning additional phases of distribution, including any additional high-risk categories as well as availability for the general public. We anticipate more information and recommendations in the coming days and weeks. Please check back often for updated information.
Black Hawk County Public Health is working with our state and community partners to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine as the limited supply becomes available by phase. We want to keep you informed every step of the way. Please subscribe to receive Black Hawk County COVID-19 Status Updates by using our Notify Me tool and selecting the "Black Hawk County Health Department COVID-19 Notification" list.