COVID-19 Vaccine

 

Greene County Public Health is currently distributing to: Phase 1A & Phase 1B (Tier 1)
If you qualify for Phase 1B, there are three options for you to be put on the waiting list: 
Online waiting list request: https://hipaa.jotform.com/210254625890152

- Email: covid@gcmchealth.com
- Phone: 515-386-0564

Frequently Asked Questions

1/22/21 - Iowa Department Public of Health (IDPH) has updated Phase 1B of COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to include individuals 65 years and older. Greene County Public Health is working to establish vaccine clinics for those persons as well as the following groups of the public included in Phase 1B:

  • Correctional facility staff and inmates
  • Disabled Iowans and their caregivers
  • First responders
  • Lawmakers, government officials and staff in this priority group, to ensure continuity of government
  • School and child care staff
  • Staff and people living in congregate settings such as behavioral health treatment centers
  • Workers at food, distribution and manufacturing facilities, including meatpacking plants

The distribution process for the vaccine for Phase 1B will include working with healthcare providers and pharmacies in Greene County. Due to the limited amount of vaccine being allocated by the federal government to Greene County and the new phase 1B eligibility, Public Health has taken a pause in gathering names for a waiting list. Over 2,000 residents in Greene County fall into Phase 1B for 65 years and older. Public Health is diligently working through the details associated with vaccinating as many people as possible as quickly as possible. Vaccination clinics are expected to begin sometime in February, the exact timing is based on the amount of vaccine allocated to our county.

Greene County Medical Center and Public Health are excited that we are nearing what we have all been anticipating for months - vaccination and a chance to get back to normal later in 2021.In the meantime, please continue to social distance, wear masks and wash hands as we work through the vaccination phases in Greene County.

How is the vaccine distributed and prioritized?

Based on recommendations from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Infectious Disease Advisory Council (IDAC), those at highest risk, also known as “priority populations,” will receive the COVID-19 vaccine in phases (1a-1c). 

Phase 1A: Healthcare workers and long-term care facility residents and staff

Phase 1B: 

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Persons aged 65 years and over. OR, the following populations vulnerable to high risk of exposure or severity of illness (listed in order of priority):

Tier 1: First Responders, PK-12 staff, early childhood education, childcare workers
Tier 2: Frontline essential workers in food, agriculture, and manufacturing sectors who live or work in non-social distanced settings, Individuals with disabilities living in home settings and their direct care staff
Tier 3: Staff and individuals living in congregate settings not covered by previous Phase or Tier, Government officials, including staff, engaged in business at the State Capitol
Tier 4: Inspectors responsible for health, life and safety
Tier 5: Correctional facility staff and individuals incarcerated

Phase 1C: People 65-75 years old because they are at higher risk for hospitalization, illness and death from COVID-19. People 16-64 years old with underlying conditions that may result in serious, life-threatening complications from COVID-19. Other essential workers (transportation and logistics, food service, housing construction and finance, information technology, communications, energy, law, media, public safety). 

*Note: These priority groups may be modified, based on ACIP, IDPH, and IDAC recommendations.

When will the vaccine be available to the general public?

It is not known yet when the vaccine will be available to the general public. 

How will I know when I can get my COVID-19 vaccine? 

Once Greene County Public Health receives approval to move into the next priority group (phase 1b and later 1c), they will keep you informed through newspapers, radio and social media. Vaccines will be available in Greene County at Medicap and Hy-Vee pharmacies, Greene County Family Medicine Clinic, McFarland Clinic, Greene County Medical Center Occupational Medicine and Greene County Public Health.
* Note: Please do not contact these providers until phase 1b is announced. We ask for your patience as we work through this process. There are not waiting lists at this time. 

How much does the vaccine cost? 

Under the Emergency Use Authorization, all COVID-19 vaccines are provided free of charge to anyone who is eligible and seeks vaccination. The current vaccines, Pfizer and Moderna, require two doses for optimal immunity. Providers may seek insurance reimbursement to cover the cost of actually giving the injections and recording vaccine information. If you do not have insurance, you will not be turned away from receiving the vaccine.   

 

Resources on the vaccine

IDPH FAQ about the COVID-19 vaccine 

Iowa moves forward with vaccine campaign