Protect Your Health
Iowans are eager for life to return to normal, and the COVID-19 vaccine helps make that possible. Iowans age 65 and up remain eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine.
While vaccine supply and appointments remain limited at this time, you should be aware of all the options available in your community to get vaccinated.
- Many local public health agencies hold weekly vaccine clinics.
- If you can’t get an appointment now, you may be added to a waiting list and contacted later when more appointments are available.
- Contact your local public health agency for more information about vaccine clinics near you.
- Many healthcare providers are contacting their eligible patients directly to schedule appointments when vaccine supply allows.
- If you haven’t heard from your healthcare provider, visit their website or call them directly for more information.
- Many pharmacies throughout the state are administering vaccines to eligible community members.
- Your local pharmacy may offer online scheduling or have a waitlist for those interested in getting the vaccine when supply is available.
- If your pharmacy is not administering the vaccine, there are many other pharmacies statewide that are participating in the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program.
- Appointments are available at select Walgreens locations. Registration guide here. Appointments are limited and may not be available in all areas.
- Appointments are available at select CVS locations. Registration guide here. Appointments are limited and may not be available in all areas.
- Hy-Vee pharmacies across the state are vaccinating individuals 65 and older.
- A dedicated Hy-Vee website is available for scheduling appointments at any participating store.
- Local Area Agencies on Aging are available to assist individuals 65 and older currently receiving services or eligible for services with navigating the vaccination process.
- To contact your local Area Agency on Aging, you can visit www.IowaAging.gov or call 1-866-468-7887.
The state of Iowa and the 211 call center will assist Iowans age 65 and older with scheduling appointments. 211 services are available by dialing 211 or 1-800-244-7431.
For more information about 211, click here for information in English. Click here for information in Spanish.
- The second dose of vaccine is allocated separately from the federal government, so there should be no issues with vaccine availability for people to receive the second dose.
- While we remain in the pandemic, the federal government plans to ensure vaccines are made available to those in need without cost to the individual. If you have health insurance, vaccine providers may charge an administration fee to your insurance, but the vaccine will always be provided at no cost. Your ability to pay for the vaccine will not be a barrier to receiving the vaccine once available.
- After getting the vaccine, you may experience some side effects. The most common are pain and swelling in your arm where you received the shot. Most side effects are mild and could include headache, fever, chills, and tiredness. If you have side effects that last longer than a few days, call your doctor.