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Black Hawk County Public Health News

March 19, 2021


The purpose of this newsbrief is to provide information regarding the current status of COVID-19 vaccine for Black Hawk County.

 …our national vaccine supply is projected to significantly increase in the next two weeks…

Governor Kim Reynolds

March 17, 2021


Vaccine allocations in Black Hawk County

Black Hawk County Health Department (BHCHD)received 200 prime doses of Moderna and 2,340 prime Pfizer doses. Governor Reynolds announced during her press conference this week that all adult Iowanswill be eligible for the vaccine starting April 5, 2021 as long as vaccine supplies from the federal government continue to increase.


Doses were allocated to MercyOne, Peoples Community Health Clinic and UnityPoint Health to vaccinate persons aged 65 and older, persons 16-64 with medical conditions that are or may be at an increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19 along with a focus on homebound individuals and essential employees that work in environments where social distancing is difficult including food processing,agricultural production, distribution and manufacturing. School staff (preK-12)and child care workers will have received at least one vaccine dose by the end of March.


***Individuals with disabilities that are homebound and unable to leave to obtain a vaccine may call

the Black Hawk County Health Department at 319-292-2360***


Take a Shot – Share the Facts

When it’s your turn, get vaccinated with the vaccine that’s available to you. Accurate vaccine information is critical and it can be difficult to know what sources of information to trust. Learn more from the Centers for Disease Control about finding credible vaccine information and vaccine facts and then share the information with others.  



On March 17, 2021 we were informed by IDPH that the COVID-19 variant, SARS-CoV-2 B.1.1.7 (first detected in the United Kingdom)has been confirmed in Black Hawk County. Remember that it’s still critical to practice the 3-W’s: WASH your hands, WEAR a mask and WATCH your distance.  


Spring break travel?
You may have been exposed to COVID-19 and could pose a risk to your family, friends, and community. If possible, get tested 3-5 days after travel and stay home for a full 7 days, or stay home for 10 days if you are not tested.


Persons age 65 and older with technology barriers, may call 211 for assistance from a team of vaccine navigators to schedule appointments. The Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging is also available to assist with questions about navigating online registration portals but they cannot complete the online registration. Please call 800-779-8707 or visit their website.  
Other helpful websites: VaccinateIowa            Black Hawk County COVID-19Response