COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Illustration of a line of healthcare providers waiting to get the covid vaccine.

Our Phased Vaccine Distribution Plan

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.

Phase 1A


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.

Phase 1B

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.

Phase 1B Priority Populations

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):

Tier 1
  • First Responders
  • PK-12 staff, early childhood education, childcare workers
Tier 2
  • Frontline essential workers in food, agriculture, and manufacturing sectors who live or work in non-social distanced settings
  • Individuals with disabilities living in home settings and their direct care staff
Tier 3
  • Staff and individuals living in congregate settings not covered by previous Phase or Tier
  • Government officials, including staff, engaged in business at the State Capitol
Tier 4
  • Inspectors responsible for health, life and safety
Tier 5
  • Correctional facility staff and individuals incarcerated
Phase 1B Priority Populations Graphic

Read the full IDPH recommendations for Phase 1B here.

Phase 1C and General Availability

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.

Our Progress

Black Hawk County Residents
Age 65 and Older
Attention Employers!

If your company or organization has employees in Black Hawk County that are eligible for Phases 1A and 1B, please complete our Business Registration form.

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