MUSCATINE, Iowa–Today, Muscatine Public Health confirmed that they received official guidance from the Infectious Disease Advisory Committee as to who they may vaccinate in phase 1b of the COVID-19 vaccination plan. Public Health tentatively plans to begin the next phase of vaccination Feb. 1. Their full memo to the public follows below verbatim.
The Infectious Disease Advisory Council for Iowa has made final recommendations for populations associated with phase 1b to include people ages ≥75 and Essential Workforce. Please find the recommendations here: IDPH/IDAC Phase 1b final recommendations here.
Phase 1b is expected to begin no later than Feb 1, 2021 across the state of Iowa. This timeline will vary in each county based on their resources. Currently, Muscatine County and several counties across the state of Iowa are still vaccinating phase 1a populations (healthcare personnel and long-term care residents). The Muscatine County Public Health Department has clinics scheduled through the month of January to complete phase 1a initial doses. We will also begin the 2 nd doses for phase 1a in January and provide throughout February.
We ask for patience and grace with all local public health departments, in every county, as we continue to work through phase 1a while planning for the entire target population identified in phase 1b. We must follow the vaccine shortage order in our state and guidance from the Iowa Department of Public Health while strategically planning and implementing COVID-19 vaccine clinics.
We will continue to communicate information regarding the vaccination process of each phase to local newspapers in our county and posting updates to our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/Trinity-Muscatine-Public-Health-221869804495734/), to the Muscatine County website (www.MuscatineCountyIowa.gov) and our Trinity Muscatine website (https://www.unitypoint.org/quadcities/muscatine-public-health.aspx).
We appreciate your partnership in disseminating this information and for your continued support through this mass vaccination roll out to our county. We can and will get through this together Muscatine County. Please know each one of you matters to our department!
Your local public health partner,
Christy Roby Williams, MPA, BSW
Director of Public Health for Muscatine County