Vaccine availability for week of March 1-7 announced

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Vaccine supply in Dallas County remains limited, according to the Dallas County Public Health Department. A small number of appointments will be available for the week of Feb. 22-28. These appointments are expected to fill quickly.

As vaccine continues to arrive in Dallas County, additional appointment slots will become available in the upcoming weeks, the department said. Current eligibility includes:

• Healthcare workers
• Long-term care residents
• Individuals aged 65 and older
• First responders (firefighters, law enforcement officers and dependent adult abuse and child welfare social workers) *
• PK-12 school staff, early childhood education and childcare workers*

Dallas County was allocated 700 doses of Moderna COVID19 vaccine for the week of March 1, 2021. Of these doses, 500 will be used for 1-B population specific clinics and 200 will be available for all eligible populations at one of the sites listed below.

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.

Sumpter Pharmacy, 628 Nile Kinnick Dr. S, #1/2, Adel, IA 50003. Call 515-993-1119 to schedule your appointment or click here to schedule.

Dallas County was also allocated 700 doses of Janssen COVID19 vaccine for the week of March 1. The Janssen vaccine is also commonly referred to as the Johnson & Johnson or J&J vaccine. Per state health officials, these vaccines will be dedicated to specific Phase 1-B, Tier 2 workforce, including “Frontline essential workers in the food, agricultural, distribution, and manufacturing sectors who work in or live in congregate settings that do not allow for social distancing such as workers in meatpacking or manufacturing production line or migrant workers who live in bunkroom-style housing.”

Those who meet the two-part eligibility criteria will receive their vaccine through worksite clinics. Dallas County has not opened eligibility to additional Tier 2 populations at this time.

The Federal Retail Pharmacy Program began Thursday, Feb. 11. The program will provide vaccine directly to select HyVee and CPESN pharmacies in Iowa. Check the pharmacies’ websites and social media for updates on how to schedule an appointment at their clinics.

We encourage Dallas County residents to remain patient as more vaccine arrives in the weeks and months ahead. It is also critical to continue practicing mitigation measures that can 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 ongoing updates and COVID-19 information, visit www.coronavirus.iowa.gov 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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