Public Health News_10222021


Black Hawk County Public Health News

October 22, 2021

COVID-19 Booster Doses Recommended and Available Now

Johnson  & Johnson

Anyone  18 and older vaccinated more than two months ago is eligible for a booster  dose.

Pfizer  & Moderna

Booster  doses are now available for 6 months after original vaccine series  completion.

Who is Eligible?

The  CDC recommends boosters for the following people:

·        Those who are aged 65 and older

·        Residents of long-term care settings

·        People aged 50-64 with underlying  medical conditions

Also eligible for boosters:

·        People who work or live in high-risk  settings

·        Aged 18-49 with underlying medical  conditions

Booster Dose

Eligible  individuals may choose which vaccine they receive as a booster dose. Some  people may have a preference for the vaccine type that they originally received,  and others may prefer to get a different booster. CDC’s recommendations now  allow for this type of mix and match dosing for booster shots.

Learn  more here:


The FDA advisory committee is also scheduled to meet on October 26 to consider the request from Pfizer to allow the use of its vaccine in children 5-11 years of age.


Free COVID-19 Testing Options in Black Hawk County


Pinecrest Building Lobby, 1407  Independence Avenue, Waterloo

ACE-SAP Free Clinic, 207  Logan Avenue, Waterloo

Peoples Community Health Clinic, 905  Franklin Street, Waterloo

Select MercyOne & UnityPoint  Health locations in Waterloo, Cedar Falls, Evansdale, La Porte City, and  Hudson

Visit to find  the location closest to you.


Activated and completed test kits  can be dropped off at: Peoples Community Health Clinic, 905 Franklin  Street, Waterloo. Tests received by 1 pm, Monday-Friday, will be  transported the same day to the State Hygienic Lab, with results expected  within 24 hours. Tests dropped off after 1 pm on Friday, will be transported  the following Monday. Tests can also be dropped off at any UPS location. Find  a UPS location here:


People experiencing COVID-19  symptoms are encouraged to remain at home, separated from other members of  their household while they await test results. Please contact your health  care provider with questions on how to manage symptoms, or if your symptoms worsen.  For a video demonstrating how to complete the test kit, go to:



9.3% = 14-DayAverage Percent Positive in Black Hawk County      

22= New Positive Cases for 10/22/21

67% of Black Hawk County residents (12+) have received at least 1 COVID-19 vaccine as of 10/17/21

7,966 Third (Booster)Doses given through 10/17/21


Black Hawk County remains at HighCOVID-19 transmission risk level. Along with testing, getting vaccinated and wearing masks in indoor settings is also recommended to slow the spread ofCOVID-19.


Black Hawk County Public Health reminds everyone eligible for a seasonal flu vaccine to join the 18,782* others in the county who have already received their seasonal flu vaccine! You may receive the COVID-19 and seasonal flu vaccines at the same time. (*Season Flu Vaccines for Black Hawk County received between 9/20/21 -10/17/21)