Tested in clinical trials, COVID-19 vaccines have been found to be safe and to help to build our body’s immunity against the COVID-19 virus. The vaccines are effective in lowering your chances of becoming ill and can play a key role in your ability to return to some form of normalcy.
The Iowa Department of Public Health has developed a phased distribution plan of priority populations to receive the vaccination. However, with the current limited supply of vaccines, it is unknown when and where the vaccines will be available in our community.
Vaccines are distributed to the Black Hawk County Health Department from the Iowa Department of Public Health. Black Hawk County Health Department distributes vaccines to qualified agencies based on the distribution plan and the number of vaccines available.
As our pandemic situation continues to change, it is the goal of the Student Health Clinic to be ready to serve the needs of our students and employees. We stand ready to offer vaccines to eligible populations when enough supply becomes available and if Black Hawk County Health Department would determine Hawkeye should assist in distribution.
In the meantime, we encourage everyone to get vaccinated, as they become eligible, at any pharmacy, doctor’s office, hospital, or clinic that offers to administer the vaccine to you.
Until everyone can be vaccinated, it is critical we continue our mitigation efforts of physical distancing, wearing a face mask, and practicing good hygiene.
Iowa Department of Public Health Vaccinate Iowa website: Information about the vaccine, who is eligible, and how to get vaccinated.
CDC website: Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 Vaccination
- CDC website: Benefits of Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine
Call 211: Iowans can call 211 for assistance in answering COVID-19 questions and scheduling vaccine appointments, as vaccines are available, at the nearest Hy-Vee location. The 211 service is designed for those without Internet access and provided through a partnership with the State of Iowa, Hy-Vee, and 211.
Multilingual Resource Videos: EMBARC, Ethnic Minorities of Burma Advocacy and Resource Center, has created videos with information about COVID-19 and COVID-19 vaccines. The videos are offered in several languages including English, Burmese, Spanish, French, Swahili, Kirundi, Mizo Chin, Karen, and Karenni.