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March 31, 2022

Polk County Health Department COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic Updates

Starting, Monday, April 1, 2022, The Polk County Health Department Vaccine Clinic will no longer provide COVID-19 vaccines through the drive through. On Monday, April 4, 2022, individuals will be able to get their vaccine inside the Health Department.  Listed below are the days, times and vaccines given on the following days:

  • Monday: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM, Moderna COVID-19 vaccine
  • Tuesday : 12:00 PM – 4:30 PM, Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine
  • Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM, Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine
  • Thursday: 12:00 PM – 4:30 PM, Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine
  • Friday: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM, Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine

 

Individuals will need to sign up for a vaccine appointment at immunizepolk.com.

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November 10, 2021

Update on COVID-19 pediatric vaccines at the Polk County Health Department

 

Due to the overwhelming response and the ongoing rollout process for pediatric Pfizer (5-11 year olds), we do NOT have available appointments for pediatric Pfizer at this clinic. Please check with local pharmacies and medical providers.

Each day, we will post on social media and our website what vaccines we are offering. Please check back often.

Tomorrow, we are closed in recognition of Veteran’s Day. We will reopen Friday at 10:00 AM offering Moderna COVID-19 vaccine: first dose, second dose and booster. We will also be offering the flu shot. Please register at immunizepolk.com.

Friday 11/12: Moderna COVID-19 vaccine: first dose, second dose and booster and the flu shot. 
Monday 11/15: Moderna COVID-19 vaccine: first dose, second dose and booster and the flu shot. 

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October 22, 2021

CDC Approves COVID-19 Booster Doses for Moderna and Johnson & Johnson Vaccines

 

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has approved the use of booster doses of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines. Pfizer booster doses were approved for use last month. Additionally, the CDC’s recommendations now allow for “mix and match” dosing for booster doses only. These approvals and recommendations are effective immediately.

Moderna Booster

For individuals who received a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, the following groups are eligible for a booster shot at 6 months or more after their initial series:

  • People 65 years and older
  • People 18 years and older who reside in long-term care settings
  • People aged 18 years and older with underlying medical conditions
  • People aged 18 years and older who work or live in high-risk settings

Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) Booster

Anyone aged ≥18 years who received a single dose Johnson & Johnson primary series (1 dose) can receive a COVID-19 booster dose at least 2 months after completing the primary series.

  • J&J vaccine does not have eligibility criteria for the booster dose.

Mix and Match Use

Earlier this week, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) amended the Emergency Use Authorizations for COVID-19 vaccines to allow for the use of each of the available COVID-19 vaccines as a heterologous (or “mix and match”) booster dose in eligible individuals following completion of primary vaccination with a different available COVID-19 vaccine. CDC’s recommendations now allow for this type of mix and match dosing for booster shots. Mix and match dosing may be considered for the booster dose only.

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September 24, 2021

Starting Tuesday, September 28, 2021, the Polk County Health Department will provide Pfizer booster doses for adults 65 years and older and individuals of specific at-risk groups

The following individuals and specific at-risk groups qualify for a booster dose:

  • Individuals 65 years and older and residents in long-term care settings should receive a booster shot of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their second dose.
  • Individuals aged 50–64 years with underlying medical conditions should receive a booster shot of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their second dose.
  • Individuals aged 18–49 years with underlying medical conditions may receive a booster shot of Pfizer  COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their second dose based on their individual benefits and risks.
  • Individuals aged 18-64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting may receive a booster shot of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their second dose based on their individual benefits and risks.

This recommendation is for individuals who originally received the two-dose (primary) series of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine. The Pfizer booster dose is available by appointment only and starting Tuesday, September 28, 2021. To schedule your Pfizer booster dose appointment, please register at immunizepolk.com.

The Polk County Health Department has a call center specifically dedicated to providing assistance to individuals who do not have the ability to access the internet or a computer. Our call center team is able to work with individuals who do not speak English. Call center hours are Monday - Friday from 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM.

The Spanish helpline can help individuals who speak Spanish sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine and a booster dose. Please call the Spanish helpline at (515) 344-3936 Monday – Friday from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM. If you need general information about COVID-19 in Spanish, please visit www.misaludiowa.com

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August 16, 2021

Additional COVID-19 Vaccine Now Available Moderately to Severely Immunocompromised Individuals

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now recommending an additional COVID-19 vaccine for individuals who are moderately to severely immunocompromised.

Individuals who are moderately to severely immunocompromised may have the following health conditions:

  • Been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood
  • Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  • Received a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  • Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
  • Advanced or untreated HIV infection
  • Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune response

People should talk to their healthcare provider about their medical condition, and whether getting an additional dose is appropriate for them. Individuals who are moderately to severely immunocompromised can receive their additional dose at their medical provider’s office, local pharmacies and the Polk County Health Department. Individuals who qualify for an additional COVID-19 vaccine need to receive the same type of vaccine (Moderna or Pfizer) they received for doses one and two.

The Polk County Health Department has a call center specifically dedicated to providing assistance to individuals who do not have the ability to access internet or a computer. Our call center team is able to work with individuals who do not speak English. Call center hours are Monday - Friday from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM.

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COVID-19 Call Center for eligible individuals WITHOUT computer or internet access, please call 515-323-5221 Monday – Friday 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM.