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Following the Emergency Use Authorizationofboththe Pfizer and ModernaCOVID-19vaccines, theIowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) is partnering withcounty public health departmentstobegin vaccinatingIowans.Both vaccines arecurrentlybeing administeredin Iowato thePhase 1Apriority populations of health carepersonneland long-term care residents and staff.

As more vaccines becomeavailable,Iowa'sInfectious Disease Advisory Council (IDAC),willreviewguidance issued by the CDC's advisory group the Advisory Council on Immunization Practices (ACIP)to furtherprioritizepopulationsto receive the vaccineinIowa.IDAC is currently reviewing ACIP recommendations for Phase 1B and 1C priority populations.

"BentonCounty health is workingwithfacilities in our county to allocate vaccine doses to thePhase 1Apriority populations.BentonCountywill continue to provide updatesfor other priority populationsas we receiveadditional allocationsof vaccine. While right now, the vaccine is being made available to the priority populations,it isanticipatedthat by mid-2021, there should be enough vaccine for anyone who wants to receive it,"saidCounty Public Health DirectorKatie Cox.

Until vaccine is widely available to all, it is critical that Iowans continue to practice the mitigation measures that can slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

*Wearing a mask or face covering*Practice social distancing with those outside your household*Clean your hands frequently with soap and water*Stay home if you feel sick

For information and updates related to COVID-19, visit follow IDPH on Facebook (@IowaDepartmentofPublicHealth) and Twitter (@IAPublicHealth).

TheCOVID-19vaccinescurrently in use do notcontain either live or dead virus. You may develop "flu-like" symptoms such as tiredness, fevers or headaches after receiving one or both doses of the vaccine but these usually resolve within three days.

Right now, health carepersonnel, long-term careresidents and staffare receiving the vaccine. As the supply increases, more populations will be prioritized to receive the vaccine. By mid-2021, there will be enough vaccines for anyone who wants to receive one.

COVID-19 vaccines were tested in large clinical trials to ensure they meet safety standards. Many people were recruited to participate to see how the vaccines offer protection to people of different ages, races, and ethnicities, as well as those with different medical conditions.

Vaccines work with your immune system so your body will be ready to fight the virus if you are exposed. Other steps, like covering your mouth and nose with a mask and staying at least 6 feet away from others, help reduce your chance of being exposed to the virus or spreading it.

V-SAFE is a new smartphone-based, after vaccination health checker that will use text messaging and web surveys from CDC to check in with vaccine recipients for health problems following COVID-19 vaccination.

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David Kelty February 4, 2021, 11:22 am As we progress to other Phases of the COVID-19 vaccination program, where will vaccinations take place in Benton County? Virginia Gay Hospital? Doctor's offices? Drugstores? How will people get an appointment? Phone? Online? Forms? I live in Benton County, but my primary care provider is in Linn County? Will I need to get a vaccination in Benton County or Linn County? Thank-you!
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