COVID-19 Vaccine Information for Cerro Gordo County

COVID-19 Vaccination Information in Cerro Gordo County

The Iowa Department of Public Health is coordinating the COVID-19 vaccine distribution effort in Iowa. The vaccine supply in Iowa is very limited. As more vaccines become available from the CDC, more individuals and groups will be offered a vaccination. Right now, COVID-19 vaccines are available only for: Phase 1A and Phase 1B priority populations. Most of Phase 1A has received the vaccine in Iowa. Because of the limited supply, not everyone in Phase 1B will be able to get vaccinated right away. To help balance vaccine supply with the Phase 1B demands, IDPH has implemented a tiered prioritization, outlined here.
Currently in Iowa you must fit the eligibility requirements, you can familiarize yourself with the current phase, here. In Cerro Gordo County you have a few options to get vaccinated.  As more options become available we will update this page to reflect that. 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
      • 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 Mass Vaccination site - This clinic is located in the old Sears department store in Mason City, IA.  it is open by appointment only.  Right now the best way to receive information for when vaccination appointments will become available is by signing up for Cerro Gordo County CodeRED alerts, sign up here. CodeRED alerts are currently sent out on Friday afternoons and detail the next available time appointment sign up begins.  Sign up is currently done online and via call-in.  If you have signed up for CodeRED in the past, perhaps for weather alerts, there is no need to sign up again or modify your account.  We also ask you like and follow our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts as well as follow local news.
      • 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 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.
  4. 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

This infographic is updated weekly on Mondays by 4:30pm.

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Cerro Gordo County is currently vaccinating the following eligible Iowans:
  • Healthcare Personnel
  • Long-term care residents and staff
  • Persons aged 65 years and older
  • First responders
  • PreK-12th grade school staff
  • Early childhood educators
  • Childcare staff