MUSCATINE, Iowa– Healthcare workers and long-term care facility residents continue receiving the vaccine in Phase 1a in Muscatine County and in alignment with the state. The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), and the
Infectious Disease Advisory Council of Iowa (IDAC) identified those at highest risk for COVID-19 based on guidance from the CDC in three phases. Per IDPH and IDAC, each phase must finish vaccination before moving to the next per a COVID-19 vaccine shortage order in the state.
Phase 1a includes:
- Healthcare workers.
- Long-term care facility residents.
Currently, Phase 1b includes:
- Frontline essential workers (fire, law enforcement, corrections, food and agricultural, manufacturing, U.S. Postal Service, grocery store, public transit, and education (teachers, daycare, and support staff).
- People 75 years and older because of higher risk for hospitalization, illness, and death from COVID-19.
Currently, Phase 1c includes:
- People 65-75 years old because of higher risk for hospitalization, illness, and death from COVID-19.
- People 16-64 years old with underlying conditions that may result in serious, life-threatening complications from COVID-19.
- Other essential workers (transportation and logistics, food service, housing construction and finance, information technology, communications, energy, law, media, and public safety).
The priority groups may change based on further IDPH and IDAC recommendations.
“The Muscatine County Public Health Department will announce to local news media, on our Facebook page, and on the Muscatine County website, https://www.muscatinecountyiowa.gov/, when the county will move to Phase 1b and 1c. While right now, the vaccine is being made available to the targeted populations as identified by the CDC and Iowa Department of Public Health, it is anticipated that by mid-2021, there should be enough vaccine for anyone who wants to receive it,” said Muscatine County Public Health Director, Christy Roby Williams.
Anyone eligible and seeking vaccination through the Muscatine County Public Health department will receive the vaccine for free. The currently available vaccines (Pfizer and Moderna) require two doses for optimal immunity. Both doses come with no cost.
For information and updates related to COVID-19, visit https://idph.iowa.gov/Emerging-HealthIssues/Novel-Coronavirus/Vaccine and follow @TrinityMuscatinePublicHealth on Facebook.