October 22, 2021
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
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: https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2021/p1021-covid-booster.html
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
WALK-IN LOCATIONS FOR PICK-UP
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 https://www.testiowa.com/en#find-a-pick-up-site to find the location closest to you.
DROP OFF OPTIONS
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: https://locations.ups.com/ia/
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: https://www.bhcpublichealth.org/video-categories/covid-19
CURRENT BLACK HAWK COUNTY COVID-19 STATUS
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)