As of April 5th, all Iowans age 16 and older are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. However, Henry County Public Health is currently giving the Moderna vaccine which is only for individuals age 18 and older. To make a vaccine appointment with Public Health, visit HealthyHenryCounty.org/covid and see links to upcoming clinics and open appointment times. If you do not have access to the internet you may call 319-385-0779 during business hours.
Henry County Public Health encourages everyone to get the COVID-19 vaccine because it will not only protect you but help stop the spread of the pandemic. Studies show that COVID-19 vaccines are very effective at keeping you from getting COVID-19. Experts also think that getting a COVID-19 vaccine may help keep you from getting seriously ill even if you do get COVID-19.
Public Health also wants to reassure you that the vaccine is safe and that these vaccines cannot give you the disease itself. Millions of people in the United States have received COVID-19 vaccines, and these vaccines have undergone the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. history. Although the vaccine development process was accelerated, no shortcuts were taken to verify its safety. The vaccine’s side effects are an indication that it’s working, and your body is building protection.
“While we are relieved that both vaccine supply and eligibility are increasing and many of our residents have already been vaccinated, getting the vaccine is just one of the tools needed to stop the pandemic,” states Shelley Van Dorin, Public Health Director. “We ask everyone to continue wearing a mask, social distancing, and washing your hands often when in public.”
Public Health will continue to share vaccine information and updates at HealthyHenryCounty.org/covid, Facebook.com/HealthyHenryCounty or listen to KILJ 105.5 FM Tuesdays around 2:15pm.