FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 14, 2021
Contact: Black Hawk County Health Department
Black Hawk County Health Department is offering a Free YouthVaccine Event on Tuesday, July 20 from 3-7 pm at the Cedar Valley SportsPlex, 300 Jefferson Street, Waterloo. COVID-19 Vaccine will be available for anyone ages 12+, with boost dose to be provided at the same location on August 10.
The Black Hawk County Health Department is collaborating with local health partners and the Cedar Valley SportsPlex to provide a convenient location to receive COVID-19 vaccine. Anyone receiving a vaccine on Tuesday,July 20, will receive healthy snacks and a free day pass to either the Cedar Valley SportsPlex or one of the Waterloo City Pools.
As of Monday, July 12,58.5% of Black Hawk County residents age 12+ have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine. Health officials would like to see more residents take advantage of the COVID-19 vaccine, especially since the Delta variant is prevalent in the community, and the positivity rate in the county continues to rise.
“Getting vaccinated continues to be the best way to prevent COVID-19 and its variants,” noted Joshua Pikora,Disease Surveillance and Investigation Manager. “The health department continues to encourage everyone who is eligible to get vaccinated. If you are on the fence or unsure about whether or not to get vaccinated we encourage you to talk to your family doctor.”
Along with the Youth Event, Black Hawk County Public Health continues to offer the Vaccine Incentive Program. Black Hawk County residents who receive an initial dose of the COVID-19 vaccine before July 29, will be entered to win $500 in gift cards. Four prizes will be drawn every Friday in July. Complete contest rules can be found on the Black Hawk County Public Health website.
Throughout the pandemic local healthcare providers have worked collaboratively to slow the spread of COVID-19. To find local vaccine options, residents can go to the Black Hawk County Public Health website for a comprehensive list of localphone numbers and online scheduling links. The Vaccinate Iowa website is another resource for scheduling links and phone numbers. The Black Hawk County Vaccine Incentive Program is funded with local grant funds from the Otto Schoitz Foundation.