COVID-19 Vaccine Information for Cerro Gordo County

Throughout the pandemic we have all had questions. How does COVID-19 spread? How can I protect myself and my family? Do masks really work? Eventually we've found answers to these questions and as answers came we were able to develop "tools" to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Now we have one more "tool" on our belts in the form of COVID-19 vaccines. Vaccines designed to fight against the virus that causes COVID-19 are here and you may have more questions. That's ok, it is totally normal to have questions about the vaccines. How were they developed? Will they make me sick? Should I get vaccinated? Luckily, these questions and so many more have answers. Talk to your doctor or healthcare provider, visit with your faith leaders, or visit getvaccineanswers.org. It's time to get the facts and get back to what matters most.  When you decide to make the choice to protect yourself, your loved ones, your friends, and your community find a trusted vaccine administrator at https://www.brady-software.com/vaccine-hunter
Currently, any Iowan aged 16 years and older is eligible receive a COVID-19 vaccine.  Supply is available, sign up today. Quickly and easily locate vaccine administrators in your area by visiting the COVID-19 Vaccine Hunter webpage.  This webpage, designed by an Iowa native, searches over 585 vaccine administrators in Iowa and tells you which have available appointments in your area. Many older Iowans may need assistance to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment. Click here for tips on how to help!
      • The state of Iowa has launched a website people can use for help finding vaccine appointments in iowa.  vaccinate.iowa.gov. PLEASE NOTE, THE VACCINE HUNTER WEBSITE STATED ABOVE IS MUCH EASIER TO USE AND A MORE ACCURATE WEBSITE, ACCESS IT HERE.
      • The Elderbridge Agency on Aging is another resource to help older Iowans find vaccines.  Their offices in Mason City, IA can be reached by dialing 641-424-0678.
      • If you are over the age of 65 and need help scheduling a vaccine appointment regardless of your location in Iowa, dial 211.  They have a dedicated team installed to help Iowans over  the age of 65 get vaccinated.
  1. CG Public Health Community Vaccination site - This clinic is located in the old Sears department store in Mason City, IA.  Currently, it is open by appointment only.  The easiest way to secure an appointment is by signing up online at our sign up page.  Continue to check our website as appointments become available every Friday at 9am, Saturday at 9am, Sunday at 9am, any leftover appointments will be available on Monday.
    • If you are unable to secure an appointment on those days a stand by list will be available on our website on Tuesdays immediately following the last primary appointment being filled. These stand by appointments are given out in the event there is a no-show or cancellation and are subject to age restrictions. They should be considered an option, not a guarantee, to receive a vaccine on that day. However, if you secure a stand by appointment and do not receive a vaccine on the day of your stand by appointment you will be scheduled a guaranteed vaccine appointment for a future clinic day.
    • If, for whatever reason, you are unable to sign up online you may dial 641-421-9300 during our regular office hours, and someone will assist you with sign up if appointments are available. Our office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm. We also ask you like and follow our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts as well as follow local news for additional updates.
      • Before signing up online or calling in, follow the link here for all the information you will need to have on hand.  Sign up is easy and made even easier by knowing this information ahead of time.
      • If you live in Mason City and are concerned about transportation to your vaccine clinic appointment the Mason City Transit is offering fare free rides directly to the clinic site.  Click here to download a transit route map.
  2. Hy-Vee Pharmacies - Right now in Cerro Gordo County Hy-Vee pharmacies are offering vaccine appointments via their online sign up page found here. CG Public Health cannot help you sign up through Hy-Vee.
  3. MercyOne North Iowa Online Sign up - You may schedule an appointment to receive your COVID-19 vaccination through MercyOne North Iowa.  Visit their self scheduling website by clicking here. Note: In order to self-schedule, you will need to have a cell phone number on record with MercyOne to verify your identity. If you are unable to verify your information, you won't be able to self-schedule. CG Public Health cannot help you sign up through MercyOne North Iowa.
  4. MercyOne North Iowa Vaccine Interest List - MercyOne North Iowa is currently accepting sign ups for their own vaccine interest list, for more information follow this link, here  or complete this form. You may also dial, 641-428-7135 for more information.  CG Public Health cannot help you sign up through MercyOne North Iowa.
  5. Thrifty White Pharmacy - Thrifty White pharmacy in Clear Lake, IA is administering COVID-19 vaccines by appointment only.  You can schedule an appointment online by clicking here.  CG Public Health cannot help you sign up through Thrifty White Pharmacy.
  6. Walmart Pharmacy - Walmart Pharmacies have began administering COVID-19 vaccines by appointment only.  You can schedule an appointment online by clicking here. A Walamrt.com account is required before booking.  CG Public Health cannot help you sign up through Walmart Pharmacy.
  7. United States Department of Veteran Affairs - The United States Department of Veterans Affairs is currently working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other federal partners to provide COVID-19 vaccines to Veterans and VA health care personnel.
    1. Many VA health facilities now offer COVID-19 vaccines to Veterans who meet these 2 criteria:
      • The Veteran already receives care at VA, and
      • The Veteran is at least 75 years old or has health problems that increase risk for severe illness from COVID-19. We base risk on VA and CDC COVID-19 risk criteria.
      Some facilities also now offer vaccines to more Veterans, including Veterans 65 years and older. Please know that different facilities are at different phases of our vaccine plan. Facilities will continue to adjust their local plans based on these factors:
      • How much vaccine is currently available at the facility
      • The needs of the local facility and community
      • The number of Veterans in each risk group who want a vaccine
      • The strict requirements for how the facility must store and handle the vaccine
    2. If you’re a Veteran who already receives care at VA, your facility will contact you when you can get a vaccine. To learn about your facility’s current plan, find the facility’s website. Once you're on the site, go to Health care services, then COVID-19 in the menu.
      • Mason City VA clinic phone number - 641-494-5000
To better serve our communities we have created a short survey related to COVID-19 vaccines.  The survey is short, easy to fill out and is 100% anonymous.  Results from the survey will help our continued efforts supporting healthy communities through prevention, promotion, and protection.  Please only complete the survey once.

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The graphic below is the tentative vaccination timeline in Iowa.  We are currently in the final stage of the timeline.  All Iowans aged 16 years or older are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.