IDPH COVID-19 Vaccine Classification/Eligibility
All Iowans 18 years and older are eligible for the COVID vaccine.
The expanded eligibility does not guarantee instant availability. Demand for vaccine is expected to be larger than the supply currently on hand. However, everyone that wants a vaccine will be able to receive one in the next couple months.
Because vaccine production has not fully met the demand for vaccine, Iowans will need to remain patient as vaccine production increases.
There are currently three highly effective vaccines authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for emergency use to prevent COVID-19. Dallas County Health Department encourages individuals to receive the first vaccine available to them. The Pfizer vaccine is currently authorized for those 16 years of age and older; the Moderna and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) are authorized for those 18 years of age and older.
The 2-1-1 Call Center is available to assist Iowans needing help to schedule a vaccine appointment due to lack of computer access or language barriers. Services are available in 240 languages. Simply dial 2-1-1 (or 1-800-244-7431), press 1, and then press 9 and you will be connected to the Vaccine Navigator Hotline.
We encourage Boone 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 further 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