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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
If you’ve just learned that your child has been identified as a close contact to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 we know it can be scary. What does that mean? What do I do? CG Public Health is here to walk you through the necessary steps you should take to maintain the health of your child and the safety of your family.
3rd dose boosters for immunocompromised people. Recently the FDA authorized a 3rd dose COVID-19 vaccine booster for immunocompromised individuals. 3rd dose COVID-19 vaccine boosters are available now at pharmacies, hospitals, clinics, and health departments across Iowa. The 3rd dose COVID-19 vaccine booster only applies to individuals who have completed the two-dose vaccine from either Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech AND fit into an eligible category:
  • Cancer treatment
  • Organ transplant recipient that takes medication to suppress immune system
  • Received stem cell transplant in last 2 years
  • Medication that suppresses immune system
  • Has an immunodeficiency (DiGeorge Syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich Syndrome)
  • Advanced or untreated HIV infection
  • Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids

3rd dose boosters for adults 65+ and specific at-risk groups.

CDC’s independent advisory committee, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted yesterday September 23, 2021 to recommend a booster dose of Pfizer’s mRNA COVID-19 vaccine in certain populations. Individuals may self-attest (i.e. self-report that they are eligible) and receive a booster shot wherever vaccines are offered. Effective immediately, CDC recommends:
  • People 65 years and older and residents in long-term care settings should receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series.
  •  People aged 50–64 years with underlying medical conditions should receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series.
  • People aged 18–49 years with underlying medical conditions may receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks.
  • People aged 18-64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting may receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks.

These recommendations are ONLY for those who originally received two-dose series of Pfizer’s COVID vaccine in the primary series.

Booster doses might be recommended in the future for those who received COVID vaccines manufactured by Moderna or Janssen (Johnson & Johnson), or those who received a different mRNA vaccine for each dose in the primary series, but ACIP did not address these situations. CDC will also evaluate with similar urgency available data in the coming weeks to swiftly make additional recommendations for other populations or people who got the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccines. If you are unsure whether or not you qualify please speak to your medical provider, if you do not have a medical provider please call your local hospital or clinic and schedule an appointment with a medical provider.
In order to be eligible for a 3rd dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine you must have completed your two-dose schedule and it must be 183 days (approximately 6 months) from the date of your second dose. Use the calculator below to determine your eligibility.

3rd dose booster calculator.

Currently, any Iowan aged 12 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 on-site vaccinations - We are currently offering the COVID-19 vaccines by appointment only at our offices located at 2570 4th St SW, Suite 1 in Mason City, IA. Sign up online at our sign up page.
    • 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 our offices or any COVID-19 vaccine provider.  Click here to download a transit route map.
  2. Providers across the County - Pharmacies and other providers across the county and the state are offering COVID-19 vaccines by appointment and via walk-in.  Click here to search by zip code, and/or brand and find a trusted provider today!
  3. 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
CG Public Health is now offering free at-home COVID-19 testing kits.  In order to obtain one, you must first call the department at 641-421-9300.  You cannot obtain a testing kit without first making arrangements by calling 641-421-9300.  If you are picking up a test kit and are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or have been exposed to COVID-19 you must let us know first. Symptoms of COVID-19 include: Fever or chills Cough Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing Fatigue Muscle or body aches Headache New loss of taste or smell Sore throat Congestion or runny nose Nausea or vomiting Diarrhea