Coronavirus Vaccine

Vaccine updateBuchanan County Public Health has been working with the health care providers in our county the past several months so they can offer the vaccine to their patients.  As vaccine becomes more widely available you can find locations in Buchanan County offering vaccine on this page.   

Buchanan County Public Health will follow ACIP, CDC, IDPH and IDAC guidance for all COVID-19 vaccine rollouts.  

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Currently, demand for vaccine far exceeds the supply.  Vaccine is currently not available to the general public due to a limited supply of vaccine.  Supply is expected to increase.  However, it will take months before vaccine is available to everyone who wants it.   Phase 1B Vaccine has arrived in Buchanan County.   

Vaccine has been allocated to our primary care providers for our 65 & older population.  

Please note that a very small quantity of vaccine was received, and our primary care providers are working to get the vaccine to their patients.  We will continue to update as information changes.    

Special Note:  Per Iowa Department of Public Health, patients are not restricted to get their COVID vaccine in their county of residence. If you have a PCP in a different county, and they are vaccinating their patients, they can and should give you the vaccine.   If you do not have a primary care provider, please call our office - 319-332-0860.  

Phase 1B  -  65 & Older:  Updated:  3/2/2021

  • Target Population: 
    • Anyone who is 65 years and older.
  • Where can I get the vaccine:
  • Can I get my name put on a list: 
    • We ask that you do not call the office/clinic at this time, as a high volume of calls makes it more difficult to address those patients with immediate needs.  Each doctor's office or pharmacy will be communicating with their patients to help you schedule your vaccine appointment.    
  • When will I get the vaccine: 
    • At this time Buchanan County does not have enough vaccine to vaccinate all who qualify in Phase 1B.  Public Health distributes vaccines to providers as quickly as possible once we receive them.  Please be patient as it will take time to vaccinate everyone in this phase.   

Phase 1B:  Tier 1:  Updated:  3/2/2021

  • Target Population:
    • First responders (e.g. firefighters, police officers, and child welfare social workers)
    • PK-12 school staff, early childhood education, and childcare workers.
  • Where can I get the vaccine
    • Public Health will work with employers, police & fire chiefs, school administration, and independently employed individuals.
  • Can I get my name put on a list:
    • Your employer/chiefs will be collecting a list of employees/responders wanting the vaccine.
    • If you are non-registered daycare please email Public Health with your contact information,   Put "Daycare Vaccine Request" in the subject line. 
  • When will I get the vaccine:
    • This is dependent on when & how much vaccine is allocated to the country. 

 Phase 1B:  Tier 2:  Updated:  3/2/2021  (Source)

  • Target Population:
    • Individuals with disabilities living in home settings that are dependant on attendant care staff and their attendant care staff. 
      • To be eligible for group 1, the individual with the disability must also be dependent upon attendant care staff.
      • For the purposes of federal disability nondiscrimination laws (such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Section 188 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act), the definition of a person with a disability is typically defined as someone who (1) has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more "major life activities," (2) has a record of such an impairment, or (3) is regarded as having such an impairment.
      • Individuals identified as attendant care staff, even if they are a family member, are eligible under this
  • Where can I get the vaccine
    • Public Health will work with community partners who provide attendant care.  Such as:  B&D Services, Full Circle, and Goodwill.  Contact Buchanan County Public Health (319-332-0860) for more information.  
  • Can I get my name put on a list:
    • Community Partners (B&D Services, Full Circle, Goodwill) will work with Buchanan County Public Health to collect a list of consumers wanting the vaccine.
    • If you are not associated with one of the community partners listed above please email Public Health with your contact information,  Put "Phase1B Group 1" in the subject line. 
  • When will I get the vaccine:
    • This is dependent on when & how much vaccine is allocated to the country. 
  • Target Population:
    • 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.  
      • To be eligible for group 2, there is a two-part eligibility consideration.  First, the person must work in one of the sectors identified.  Second, the individual must work OR live in a congregate setting that does not allow for social distancing. 
      • Examples:
        • Migrant farm workers who live in congregate settings where social distancing is difficult or impossible to maintain. 
        • Manufacturing workers whose workstations are within six feet of another worker and there are no alternative solutions for worker safety.
      • Workers in industries that can social distance should not be vaccinated in Phase 1B; however,  providers should use their best judgment in determining eligibility for vaccination.
      • Restaurant, grocery, and other essential workers are not included in 1B unless they meet another phase requirement.  
  • Where care I get the vaccine
    • Vaccination for employees will be coordinated through employers and not on an individual basis.  
  • Can I get my name put on a list
    • If your work site is eligible, please have leadership at  your company contact BCPH.  Vaccination for employees will be coordinated through employers and not on an individual basis.  
  • When will I get the vaccine
    • This is dependent on when & how much vaccine is allocated to the country. 
NEXT:  Phase 1B, Tiers 3-5
LATER:  Phase 1C

The CDC has recommended priority populations for Phase 1C, however the state has not made a recommendation for Phase 1C priority populations at this time. 
 View Iowa COVID-19 Vaccine Doses Administered Report, HERE.

March 2021
* 3/2/2021 - COVID-19 Vaccination Guidelines Phase 1B Tier 2 (Group1 & 2 - defined)
* 3/5/2021- Iowans with Underlying Conditions Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine

February 2021
*2/3/2021 - Vaccines Available at Select Walgreens and CVS Locations for Iowans Age 65 and Older  
*2/4/2021 - Buchanan County Public Health Releases COVID-19 Vaccination Update for Phase 1B
*2/15/2021- Update from the Buchanan County Public Health Director

January 2021
*1/12/2021 - Iowa Moves Forward with Vaccination Campaign
* 1/19/2021 - Buchanan County COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout* (graphic updated 1/21)
*1/21/2021 - Phase 1B - Infographic - Vaccine Distribution to Priority Populations
*1/21/2021 - COVID-19 Vaccine Shortage Order Phase 1

December 2021
12/15/2020 - 8 Things to know about the U.S. COVID-19 Vaccination Program  (Source:
12/10/2020 - Vaccine Allocation Update
*12/30/20 - Buchanan County Receives COVID-19 Vaccine

What We Know

  • There may be a limited supply of COVID-19 vaccines before the end of 2020, but supply will continually increase in the weeks and months that follow.
  • Experts are working on how to distribute these limited vaccines in a fair, ethical, and transparent way and to the highest priority groups first. When a COVID-19 vaccine is authorized by FDA and recommended by ACIP, vaccination in the initial phase of the COVID-19 vaccination program (Phase 1a) should be offered to both 1) healthcare personnel and 2) residents of long-term care facilities. This recommendation has been adopted by the CDC Director. Learn more
  • At first, COVID-19 vaccines may not be recommended for children. In early clinical trials for various COVID-19 vaccines, only non-pregnant adults participated. However, clinical trials continue to expand those recruited to participate. The groups recommended to receive the vaccines could change in the future. 
  • Cost will not be an obstacle to getting vaccinated against COVID-19. Vaccine doses purchased with U.S. taxpayer dollars will be given to the American people at no cost. However, vaccine providers will be able to charge administration fees for giving or administering the shot to someone. Vaccine providers can get this fee reimbursed by the patient’s public or private insurance company or, for uninsured patients, by the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Provider Relief Fund.
  • Until we reach a critical level of inoculation, we all need to continue to wear masks, social distance, and wash our hands frequently. These actions are still our fist line of defense against the virus.
  • We expect misinformation, and disinformation, about the vaccine to become increasingly common. Learn how to spot it and where to go for accurate information on COVID-19 vaccine. Think before you share! Inaccurate information spreads widely and at speed, making it more difficult for the public to identify verified facts and advice from trusted sources. 

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