Posted 1/4/2021 in Public Health
A common question today is when and how the public will learn when the COVID-19 vaccine will be available for everyone. The short answer, as of right now, is there is not additional information to provide on the exact availability timeline.
Currently, local public health departments, including Delaware County, are vaccinating those identified in the Phase 1A priority population of healthcare personnel and long-term care residents and staff.
As more COVID-19 vaccine becomes available, Iowa’s Infectious Disease Advisory Council (IDAC) will review guidance issued by the CDC’s advisory group, the Advisory Council on Immunization Practices (ACIP), to further prioritize populations to receive the vaccine in Iowa. IDAC is currently reviewing ACIP recommendations for Phase 1B and 1C priority populations. At this time, Delaware County does not have details of what these recommendations may be.
“Delaware County is working with facilities in our county to allocate the Moderna vaccine doses to the Phase 1A priority population,” shared Charity Loecke, Delaware County Public Health Coordinator. “We will provide updates to the community as we learn more about the upcoming priority groups and have additional allocations of the vaccine. While right now the vaccine is being made available to the priority populations, it is anticipated that by mid-2021 there should be enough vaccine for anyone who wants to receive it.”
As Delaware County Public Health and Regional Medical Center in Manchester learn more about the phases of distribution, updates will be provided via normal communication channels of local newspapers, radio stations, and social media. In addition, RMC will send out a special communication to our email newsletter distribution list with vaccine updates. If you would like to be added to this mailing list, please sign up at regmedctr.org/email-newsletter.
Until the COVID-19 vaccine is widely available, it is critical that Iowans continue to practice the mitigation measures to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
- Avoid large gatherings
- Keep 6 feet of distance from others
- Wear a face mask when in public
- Stay home when able
- Wash your hands frequently
- Stay home when you are ill (even mildly sick)
- Get your flu shot
For information and updates related to COVID-19, visit https://idph.iowa.gov/Emerging-Health-Issues/Novel-Coronavirus/Vaccine and follow RMC on Facebook (@regmedctr), IDPH on Facebook (@IowaDepartmentofPublicHealth) and Twitter (@IAPublicHealth).