All over 16 now up for vaccine

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ADEL, Iowa — Effective Monday, April 5, Dallas County will open eligibility for COVID-19 vaccination to all persons 16 years or older. Those previously eligible will remain eligible for the duration of the pandemic.

In Dallas County nearly 40% of the eligible population has received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, leaving just over 40,000 individuals still needing a vaccination appointment. The expanded eligibility does not guarantee instant availability. Demand for vaccine is expected to be larger than the supply currently on hand. However, everyone that wants a vaccine will be able to receive one in the next couple of months.

There are currently three highly effective vaccines authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for emergency use to prevent COVID-19. The Dallas County Public Health Department encourages individuals to receive the first vaccine available to them. The Pfizer vaccine is currently authorized for those 16 years of age and older, and the Moderna and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccines are authorized for those 18 years of age and older.

To schedule a vaccination, visit vaccinate.iowa.gov and find a provider near you. The Dallas County Public Health Department releases information every Monday at 12 p.m., showing where vaccine has been allocated in the county for that week at the Dallas County Public Health Department website.

In addition, Hy-Vee and CPESN associated pharmacies are participating in the federal retail pharmacy program and will be receiving vaccine directly from the federal government. Please check these pharmacies’ websites and social media for updates on how to schedule an appointment at their clinics.

The Dallas County Public Health Department schedules vaccination appointments both online and over the phone on Fridays at 12 p.m. for the health department clinic only. Appointments are available on a first-come-first-served basis and fill very quickly. More information on the health department clinic can be found at the Dallas County Public Health Department website.

The 2-1-1 Call Center is available to assist Iowans needing help to schedule a vaccine appointment due to lack of computer access or language barriers. Services are available in 240 languages. Simply dial 2-1-1 (or 1-800-244-7431), press 1, and then press 9 and you will be connected to the Vaccine Navigator Hotline.

For the week of April 5, the Dallas County Public Health Department was allocated 1,200 doses of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine and 900 of Janssen (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine. Of these doses, 1,100 will be used for population specific clinics, and 1,000 will be available for all eligible populations at one of the sites listed below. All Janssen COVID-19 vaccine will be administered at population specific clinics aligning with Iowa Department of Public Health guidelines.

Dallas County Health Department, 25747 N Ave., #C, Adel, IA 50003. Scheduling will begin promptly at 12 p.m. on Fridays. Call 515-993-3750 to schedule your appointment or click here to schedule online.

HyVee West Des Moines, 1010 60th St., West Des Moines, IA 50266. Click here to schedule.

HyVee Waukee, 1005 E. Hickman Road, Waukee, IA 50263. Click here to schedule.

HyVee Perry, 1215 141st St., Perry, IA 50220, 515-465-3391. Click here to schedule.

Walgreens, 15601 Hickman Road, Clive, IA 50325. Click here to schedule.

Medicap Waukee, 10 Warrior Lane, Waukee, IA 50263. Click here to schedule!

Exemplar Care, 7300 Westown Parkway, #330, West Des Moines, IA 50266. Call 515-650-4370 to schedule.

Adel Health Mart Pharmacy, 113 N. Ninth St., Adel, IA 50003, 515-993-3644. Click here to request an appointment.

Sumpter Pharmacy, 628 Nile Kinnick Dr. S., 1/2, Adel, IA 50003, 515-993-1119. Click here to schedule!

Redfield Medical Clinic, 1013 First St., Redfield, IA 50233. Call 515-833-2301 to schedule.

Dallas County residents are encouraged to remain patient as more vaccine arrives in the weeks and months ahead. It is also critical to continue practicing mitigation measures that can further slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

  • Wear a mask or facial covering.
  • Practice distancing 6 feet from those outside your household.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water.
  • Stay home if you feel sick.
  • Get tested if you are exposed to or have symptoms of COVID-19.

For weekly updates on COVID-19 vaccine administration in Dallas County, please visit the Dallas County Public Health Department website and follow @DallasCoHealth on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. General information can also be obtained by calling 2-1-1. The 2-1-1 Language Helpline is available to assist Iowan’s in additional languages at 1-877-558-2609.

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