Vaccination Now Open to All Iowans
Beginning Monday, April 5, 2021, all Iowans age 16 and above are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Those age 16-17 can receive only the Pfizer vaccine. Iowans age 18 and older can have the Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccines.
With eligibility expanded to all Iowans, vaccine supply will be lower than demand for several weeks. Local public health departments, health care providers and pharmacies are working hard to vaccinate eligible Iowans as quickly as possible. Your patience during this time is appreciated. As vaccine supply increases, more appointments will be available and, eventually, every Iowan will be able to be vaccinated.
- Health care workers
- Residents and staff at long-term care facilities
- Adults age 65 and older
- First responders, including police, firefighters, child welfare social workers and others
- Teachers, staff and other school employees
- Child care workers
- Essential employees that work in environments where social distancing is difficult, including food processing, agricultural production, distribution and manufacturing. If you’re eligible to receive a vaccine because of your job, your employer will inform you about the details.
- Individuals with disabilities who are living in a home setting, and their direct care staff. Your case manager will help coordinate your vaccine.
- Individuals 64 years of age and younger with medical conditions that are or may be an increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19 are now eligible. See Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) recommendations for those conditions here. Vaccine providers will ask Iowans to attest to having one of the conditions outlined by the CDC that would put them at greater risk for illness as a result of the COVID-19 virus. Providers will not require additional documentation.
- Iowans 16-17 years of age are eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine.
- Iowans age 18 and older can receive the Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
While vaccine supply is limited, appointments are also limited, and it may take several weeks to months to finish vaccinating these groups.
- Iowa’s vaccination phases and priority groups are based on national guidance from the CDC. Iowa's Infectious Disease Advisory Committee (IDAC) reviewed the CDC’s recommendations and tailored the guidance to best fit our state’s populations and needs.
- You are not required to be vaccinated in the county where you live. You can receive the vaccine from any public health agency or participating provider regardless of your home address.
- You should be vaccinated even if you’ve already had COVID-19. Experts are still learning about how long natural immunity lasts. Getting vaccinated is a safe, effective way to protect yourself from the virus. However, if you were treated with monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma while ill, you should wait 90 days before being vaccinated.