Health

Weekly COVID-19 Vaccine updates

February 25, 2021

Second COVID-19 Vaccine Email Updates from Polk County Health Department

 

When you are eligible for your second dose at PCHD, you will receive an email with the opportunity to sign up for a second dose  appointment. Vaccine supply is still limited, so you may be unable to schedule your second dose appointment immediately. Due to this issue, you will receive this email for 3 weeks beginning shortly before you are eligible for your second dose. You will receive emails before noon.  

Tuesdays:  3rd email sent to those who received their 1st dose 42+ days ago.

Wednesdays:  2nd email sent to those who received 1st dose 30-41 days ago.

Thursdays:  1st email sent to those who received 1st dose 28-30 days ago.

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February 23, 2021

Second Dose COVID-19 Vaccination Updates from Polk County Health Department

 

(Des Moines, IA) – COVID-19 vaccination continues to remain a top priority for Polk County and we continue to be limited by the amount of vaccine that our community is receiving. We receive weekly allocations of both the Moderna and Pfizer vaccinations, both require a second dose approximately a month apart for maximum protection against COVID-19. Brands of vaccine cannot be interchanged.

In January, we saw larger allocations of Moderna than Pfizer. The Polk County Health Department made a planning assumption that the supply of both brands would continue to increase and in an effort to get as many people vaccinated as quickly as possible, used all available doses as the first in the series. We did not receive the anticipated increase in supply, leaving Polk County with 14,000 people who need to receive their second Moderna dose. We continue to receive approximately 10,000 doses per week but the majority is now Pfizer.

At this time, the priority of the health department is to focus on providing second doses. Limited first dose appointments are still being scheduled at clinics and select pharmacies using the Pfizer vaccine.

This means that you may not receive your second dose of the Moderna vaccine on the exact day or week that it is due. While there may be a delay in receiving the second dose of the Moderna vaccine, the CDC states that the timing of your second dose will not compromise the effectiveness of your vaccination and you will not have to start the series over again. Recent research is showing that the first dose alone is providing up to 80% effectiveness in preventing COVID-19 infection.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the second dose should be administered as close to the recommended interval as possible. However, if it is not feasible to adhere to the recommended interval and a delay in vaccination is unavoidable, the second dose of Moderna vaccines may be administered up to 6 weeks (42 days) after the first dose. If the second dose is administered within the 42-day interval, there is no need to restart the series. There are currently limited data on efficacy of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines administered beyond this window. If the second dose is administered beyond these intervals, there is no need to restart the series.

Healthcare clinics and pharmacies will continue to provide first dose vaccinations to the eligible groups based on state and local public health guidelines. The Polk County Health Department clinic plans to focus on second doses and assisting our seniors 65 years and older who do not have a primary care physician. If you are eligible based on age, your primary care provider will notify you via phone, direct mail and/or through your health system website portal when you are eligible to call and schedule an appointment.

When you are eligible for your second dose at Polk County Health Department, you will receive an email with the opportunity to sign up for a second dose appointment. Vaccine supply is still limited, so you may be unable to schedule your second dose appointment immediately. Due to this issue, you will receive this email for three weeks beginning shortly before you are eligible for your second dose.

We will continue to work with our community and health systems to make sure our individuals in tier 1 receive their first dose in a timely manner. If current allocations continue, we anticipate that we will have all of the second doses caught up by April 12. When we resume scheduling first doses at the Polk County Health Department, we will schedule second doses at the time the first is administered.

We thank you for your continued patience and understanding. Please continue to wear a mask and practice social distancing.

 

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February 23, 2021

 

Second COVID-19 Vaccine Email Updates from Polk County Health Department

 

When you are eligible for your second dose at PCHD, you will receive an email with the opportunity to sign up for a second dose  appointment. Vaccine supply is still limited, so you may be unable to schedule your second dose appointment immediately. Due to this issue, you will receive this email for 3 weeks beginning shortly before you are eligible for your second dose.

 

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February 17, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccination Updates from Polk County Health Department

 

(Des Moines, IA) – On behalf of Polk County hospitals, clinics and pharmacies, we want to thank our community for their patience and understanding as we continue vaccinating individuals eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine as efficiently as possible. Collectively, we are committed to keeping everyone safe and healthy.

We are asking the public to please be patient.  We are grateful that our community is eager to receive vaccines, and we are excited to administer the vaccinations as we receive them. However, at this time, demand for the COVID-19 vaccine far exceeds supply.  Each week, our hospitals, clinics and pharmacies receive different allocation amounts.

We enjoyed a large allocation in January which allowed us to vaccinate more people. This is unusual for our typical vaccine allocation. At this time, our priority is to focus on providing second doses. Limited first dose appointments are still being scheduled at clinics and select pharmacies.

With limited vaccine allocations, you may not receive your second dose of the Moderna vaccine on the exact day or week that it is due. While there may be a delay in receiving the second dose of the Moderna vaccine, please be assured that the timing of your second dose will not compromise the effectiveness of your vaccination and you will not have to start the series over again. While it remains important to get your second dose of the Moderna vaccine, fortunately, individuals receive significant protection against the COVID-19 virus within 10 days of receiving your first dose.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the second dose should be administered as close to the recommended interval as possible. However, if it is not feasible to adhere to the recommended interval and a delay in vaccination is unavoidable, the second dose of Moderna vaccines may be administered up to 6 weeks (42 days) after the first dose. If the second dose is administered within the 42-day interval, there is no need to restart the series. There is currently limited data on efficacy of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines if the second dose is administered beyond this window.

Healthcare clinics and pharmacies will continue to vaccinate the community based on state and local public health guidelines. The Polk County Health Department clinic plans to focus on second doses and assisting our seniors 65 years and older who do not have a primary care physician and need our help. If you are eligible based on age, your primary care provider will notify you via phone, direct mail and/or through your health system website portal when you are eligible to call and schedule an appointment. At this time, please refrain from reaching out to the clinics as they will be contacting their eligible patients

When vaccine supply increases throughout our county, we will work quickly with our partners to add additional appointments. We thank you for your patience and understanding as we work together to vaccinate our community!

 

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February 12, 2021

General Information about Receiving a Second dose of COVID vaccine
Polk County Health Department, Hy-Vee, Medicap, CVS and Walgreens

You must receive the same brand of vaccine for your 2nd dose (Pfizer or Moderna)

Vaccine providers do have plans in place for 2nd vaccine doses.  Please note that the following notifications may come to you one week or less before your 2nd vaccine dose is due.

  • If you received your vaccine at the Polk County Health Department, you will receive an email from Vaccine Clinics when it’s time to schedule your 2nd vaccine dose.
  • If you received your vaccine at a Hy-Vee location or at Drake University before February 10, 2021, you will receive an email, text, or phone call to schedule your 2nd vaccine dose.  For those who received their first vaccine on February 10th or after, Hy-Vee will work with you to schedule your 2nd vaccine dose.   
  • If you received your first vaccine at a MediCap location, you will receive an email, text, or phone call to schedule your 2nd vaccine dose.
  • If you received your vaccine at Walgreen’s or CVS, your 2nd vaccine dose will be scheduled at the time of your first vaccine.

While your vaccine card indicates a specific date for your next vaccine, receiving the 2nd dose on that EXACT date may not be feasible.  For both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, it is recommended the 2nd dose is as close to the time frame as possible.  If you received a Pfizer vaccine, the 2nd dose time frame is 21 days; for the Moderna vaccine, the 2nd dose time frame is 28 days.

 Please remember to have your insurance card (for example the Medicare Red/White and Blue card) with you at each visit AND your vaccination card with you when you get your 2nd dose of the vaccine. Getting vaccines to our community is important. Under no circumstances should your ability to pay prevent you from receiving a vaccine.

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February 12, 2021

Updates for February 15 - 19, 2021

Due to vaccine supply, we are prioritizing second doses for our community. Friday, February 12, 2021 at noon, we will ONLY be opening our first dose vaccine clinic for Monday, February 15, 2021 and Friday, February 19, 2021 . We thank you for your patience and understanding as we work together to vaccinate our community!

 

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February 11, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccine Update from Polk County Healthcare Partners

(Des Moines, IA) – On behalf of the Polk County hospitals, clinics and pharmacies, we want to thank our community for their patience and understanding as we continue vaccinating individuals eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine as efficiently as possible. Collectively, we are committed to keeping everyone safe and healthy.

We are asking the public to please be patient.  We are grateful that our community is eager to receive vaccines, and we are excited to administer the vaccinations as we receive them. However, at this time, demand for the COVID-19 vaccine far exceeds supply.  Each week, our hospitals, clinics and pharmacies receive different allocation amounts. There is not a clear rhythm to when and how much vaccine we will get for the following week.

Vaccine appointments are based upon available vaccine supply.  Our partners in our health care systems, clinics and pharmacies also all have different approaches to scheduling their vaccine appointments. Some of our partners wait until they have their supplies of vaccine and do a quick turnaround to schedule appointments. While others schedule appointments out for patients hoping the vaccine will come in and then reschedule if they don’t get all the doses needed to meet those appointments. The vaccination process will take some time, but we want to assure you that everyone who wishes to be vaccinated will have the opportunity to get a vaccine.

As vaccine supply increases, we will continue to increase the number of clinics and pharmacies providing vaccinations. The Polk County Health Department and our partners are prepared and ready to provide expanded COVID-19 vaccinations through your primary care physicians and additional pharmacies as vaccine supply improves.

Healthcare clinics are vaccinating patients based on state and local public health guidelines. Each healthcare system has established a process for scheduling their patients, and we encourage you to visit the respective websites for your healthcare provider to determine if you are eligible for the vaccine and how your healthcare provider is scheduling appointments.

While vaccinations are underway, it is imperative that we continue the prevention practices we have used throughout the pandemic.  These COVID-19 prevention practices keep our community safe until enough people are vaccinated.

  • Polk County residents should wear a mask at all times, in all public places and stay at least 6 feet apart. 
  • Wearing a mask and keeping your distance protects you and others.
  • Wash your hands frequently and stay home when you are sick.

 

We thank you for your patience and understanding as we work together to vaccinate our community!

 

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February 4, 2021

The state of Iowa has announced the availability of additional COVID-19 vaccine for 14,000 seniors age 65+ in Polk County. The additional vaccine is a result of unused vaccines originally allocated to long-term care facilities. Those in the 65+ age group are eligible to schedule an appointment at their local Walgreens and CVS pharmacies. For this age group, registration information at Walgreens is available HERE. CVS pharmacies will open their registration on Thursday, February 4th at 8AM. Additional information and registration for CVS is available HERE.

Seniors will continue to be prioritized with the additional allocations to CVS and Walgreens and healthcare providers will continue to reach out to their 65+ patients to schedule vaccination appointments. This influx of vaccine for older adults will allow the Polk County Health Department to shift next week’s allotment to Polk County educators in an effort to safely re-open schools this month. Next week’s appointments at the health department drive thru clinic will be available for Polk County educators during expanded hours on Mon, Wed, and Fri 9:00-6:00 and Saturday from 9:00-3:00. Polk County expects an estimated 1,100 vaccines to be available for educators at the health department. Tuesdays and Thursdays will continue to be reserved for second dose appointments. There will be NO appointments available to the community at noon on Friday, February 5, 2021. The open appointments to the public will resume Friday, February 12, 2021 at noon.

Polk County is working with district school Superintendents to ensure distribution of the vaccine goes to qualified educators. Superintendents will receive a link for a clinic where educators can schedule an appointment at the Polk County Health Department drive-thru clinic next week. Educators will be required to provide proof of identity and employment upon receiving the vaccine. Appointments will be booked on a first come, first serve basis. Please note, access to a clinic link does not guarantee enough vaccines for each entire school, as supply remains extremely limited. Educators and seniors can also continue to access vaccines through HyVee and Medicap pharmacies, visit www.immunizepolk.org to access online scheduling for all vaccine distribution sites.

Seniors age 65+ who do not have computer access or need assistance scheduling an appointment can call our help line at (515)323-5221 for assistance. Nursing staff will return your call as soon as possible.

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**COVID-19 VACCINE APPOINTMENTS ARE BASED ON APPOINTMENT ONLY. DO NOT WALK-IN FOR AN APPOINTMENT!!!**

If you are unable to click on the link for a certain clinic date that means the clinic is full for that day or even that week. 

January 28, 2021

February 1, 2021, COVID-19 vaccine appointments will be open to:

  • 65 years and older
  • First Responders
  • PK-12 staff, early childhood education, childcare workers
  • 1A: Healthcare workers and long term care facilities staff and residents

YOU MUST MEET CRITERIA FOR CURRENT PRIORITY GROUPS TO BE SERVED. IF NOT, YOU WILL BE ASKED TO EXIT THE CLINIC 

  • Mask: everyone will be required to wear one. If you do not have one, a mask will be provided to you. 
  • Photo form of personal identification: driver’s license, passport, or state identification card is required. 
  • If you are pregnant or lactating, you are required to come with a note from your Doctor stating you are ok to receive the vaccine. If you have received any other vaccine in the past 14 days you are not eligible to receive the COVID-19 Vaccine.
  • If you are receiving your second shot, please bring your vaccine card.
  • IF THE BLUE BUTTON DOES NOT SHOW BELOW THAT MEANS THE CLINIC IS FULL.

COVID-19 vaccine appointments will be available based on vaccine availability. 

Please note: the selected pharmacies listed above are the only pharmacies that can start vaccinating 65 years and older. Please do not call your clinics or hospitals as they do not have vaccine for 65 years and older at this time.

If you are to receive your second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, you do not need to go to the same location where you received the first dose. Make sure to bring your vaccination card with you at your second dose appointment.

We would also like to remind the community if you are scheduling appointments at more than one place, please be mindful and cancel additional appointments. You are taking away vaccine spots from community members who greatly need the vaccine or possibly wasting vaccine.

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January 27, 2021

Second Shot Information

If you are eligible to receive your booster dose on or before February 4, 2021 you will be contacted by the PCHD Vaccination Clinic for early appointment registration. We have reserved the clinic days of Tuesday and Thursday for booster doses. These clinics will be made available to you by Thursday, January 28, 2021 and will open for public registration on Monday, February 1, 2021 if slots are still available.

The early messaging will be sent to those that received their primary dose from the PCHD Drive Through Clinic. These dates will open to the public on Monday February 1, 2021 for general registration.

YOU MAY GO ANYWHERE VACCINE IS AVAILABLE TO RECEIVE YOUR SECOND DOSE. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO RECEIVE YOUR BOOSTER DOSE FROM THE SAME LOCATION YOU RECEIVED YOUR FIRST DOSE.

Please bring your vaccination card for your second dose appointment.

This will be our process moving forward. We will update our website and social media if anything changes.

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January 25, 2021

The Polk County Health Department and partners would like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding as we start vaccinating individuals 65 years and older. The Polk County Health Department and select Hy-Vee and Medicap pharmacies COVID-19 vaccine appointments are FULL now through Jan. 31, 2021.

The Health Department and select Medicap pharmacies will open appointments for the week of February 1, 2021 on Friday, January 29, 2021 at 12:00 PM. To schedule an appointment at select Hy-Vee pharmacies once more of the vaccine becomes available, visit https://www.hy-vee.com/my-pharmacy/covid-vaccine-consentThe availability of COVID-19 vaccine appointments is based on vaccine supply.

Please visit https://www.polkcountyiowa.gov/health-department/2019-novel-coronavirus-covid-19/covid-19-vaccine-information-for-general-public/ for the most current vaccine information.

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January 21, 2021

(Des Moines, IA) – Starting, Thursday, January 21, 2021, The Polk County Health Department and select Hy-Vee and Medicap pharmacies will open COVID-19 vaccine appointments to 65 years and older pending vaccine allocation at their pharmacy locations. Partners will continue to vaccinate Phase 1A during this time.

February 1, 2021, COVID-19 vaccine appointments will be open to:

  • 65 years and older
  • First Responders
  • PK-12 staff, early childhood education, childcare workers
  • 1A: Healthcare workers and long term care facilities staff and residents

COVID-19 vaccine appointments will be available based on vaccine availability. To find COVID-19 vaccine locations and appointment availability, please visit: https://www.polkcountyiowa.gov/health-department/2019-novel-coronavirus-covid-19/covid-19-vaccine-locations-for-65-years-and-older/

Please note: the selected pharmacies listed above are the only pharmacies that can start vaccinating 65 years and older. Please do not call your clinics or hospitals as they do not have vaccine for 65 years and older at this time.

If you are to receive your second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, you do not need to go to the same location where you received the first dose. Make sure to bring your vaccination card with you at your second dose appointment.

We would also like to remind the community if you are scheduling appointments at more than one place, please be mindful and cancel additional appointments. You are taking away vaccine spots from community members who greatly need the vaccine or possibly wasting vaccine.

Please visit https://www.polkcountyiowa.gov/health-department/2019-novel-coronavirus-covid-19/covid-19-vaccine-information-for-general-public/ for the most current vaccine information.

 


COVID-19 call center for seniors (65 years and older) WITHOUT computer or internet access, please call 515 323-5221 Monday – Friday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM.