FAQs

COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)

Am I eligible for a COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shot?

These recommendations are ONLY for those who originally received the two-dose series of the Pfizer (Comirnaty) COVID vaccine. The booster dose must be administered at least 6 months after the primary 2-dose series. 

Effective immediately, ONLY those who originally received the 2-dose series of the Pfizer (Comirnaty) COVID-19 vaccine may be eligible for a third booster dose if they meet the following criteria:

  • People 65 years and older
  • Residents in long-term care settings
  • People aged 50-64 years with underlying medical conditions
  • People aged 18-49 years with underlying medical conditions, based on their individual benefits and risks
  • People aged 18-64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting, based on their individual benefits and risks

Visit regmedctr.org/covid-vaccine-update to find out where you can get your vaccine.


NOTE: If you received a COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by Moderna or Janssen (Johnson & Johnson), booster doses are not yet available or approved with the following exception:

If you are an individual with a moderately to severely compromised immune system, you are eligible to receive a third dose of mRNA CoVID-19 vaccine following your 2-dose vaccination series of Pfizer (Comirnaty) or Moderna. This third dose should be received at least 28 days after the second dose. Talk to your healthcare provider about your medical condition to determine if getting a third dose is appropriate for you.

At-home test kits - are they available?

Yes. FREE at-home test kits are available in Delaware County.

Stop by the Regional Medical Center East Office Building located at 613 West Main Street in Manchester Monday-Friday from 8AM-4PM to pick up a free COVID-19 at-home test kit. You do not need to call ahead.

Once an individual picks up the free at-home test kit and reads the detailed step-by-step instructions, they will collect a saliva sample at home and return the sample by UPS to the State Hygienic Lab. GNB Bank in Manchester has a UPS Drop Box outside of their building. Find alternate UPS Drop Off locations at ups.com/dropoff.

Test results will be received through email. Each kit includes detailed step-by-step instructions and information on when to expect results via your personal email address. (Your healthcare provider will not receive your test results.)

While these at-home test kits provide a convenient option for our community, Regional Family Health, Regional Medical Center, and Delaware County Public Health want to stress that our providers, nurses, and entire health system are here for you. If you have any questions, concerns, or feel your symptoms are worsening, please make an appointment to see your healthcare provider.

About At-Home Test Kits

These kits are being made available through Test Iowa at-home, a partnership between the Iowa Department of Public Health and the State Hygienic Lab. These self-collected saliva test kits are authorized by the FDA under an emergency use authorization.

Do face masks prevent COVID-19 from spreading?

By wearing a face covering, YOU the wearer, are helping to prevent potentially infecting others if you are pre-symptomatic or asymptomatic. Covering your face helps reduce the spread of droplets that are expelled into the air during everyday activities like talking, cheering, sneezing, coughing, etc.

Do I have to call ahead for Urgent Care?

No. Urgent Care at Regional Family Health-Manchester is open M-F from 4-7PM and Sat-Sun from 8AM-1PM. Closed holidays. Questions? Please call 563-927-7777.

Do I need to wait to get other vaccines if I am getting my COVID vaccine?

No. There is no time period you need to wait for any other vaccinations before or after you get your COVID vaccine.

Does my face mask need to cover my nose?

Yes. Respiratory droplets are expelled out of both your mouth and your nose. Your face mask needs to fit snugly over the bridge of your nose and chin, creating the best possible seal.

If you leave your nose uncovered, you are risking inhaling and expelling viral particles. You also risk self-contamination from the exterior of your mask.

How do I prevent getting COVID-19?

These practices will help reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19.

  • Clean your hands often
  • Get your COVID-19 vaccine
  • If you are not fully vaccinated for COVID-19, keep 6 feet of physical distance from others
  • Wear a face mask in public (that covers your nose and mouth)
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Avoid close contact with others
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Stay home when you are sick
I need a COVID-19 Test for Traveling

A frequent question received at Regional Medical Center, Regional Family Health, and Delaware County Public Health is where someone can go to get a COVID-19 test for traveling purposes. This testing option is not available locally due to supply challenges.

All local COVID-19 testing is for symptomatic patients or for those who have been exposed.

If you are in need of a COVID-19 test for traveling purposes, visit brady-software.com/test-hunter to search for testing options outside of our community. This website was developed by fellow Iowan, Todd Brady, to help those in our state more easily find a COVID test. This website is not all inclusive of testing locations but is a good resource to find options for those in need of testing for travel purposes.

I'm immunocompromised. Am I eligible for a booster COVID-19 vaccine?

People with moderately to severely compromised immune systems are eligible to receive a third dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine following their initial 2-dose vaccination series of Pfizer or Moderna. The reason for this recommendation is that people with moderately to severely compromised immune systems may not build the same level of immunity to 2-dose vaccine series compared to those who are not immunocompromised.


Who is considered moderate to severely immunocompromised?

This includes individuals who have:

  • Been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood
  • Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  • Received a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  • Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
  • Advanced or untreated HIV infection
  • Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune response

People should talk to their healthcare provider about their medical condition to determine if getting a third dose is appropriate for them.


When should an immunocompromised individual get the third dose of COVID-19 vaccine?

Moderately to severely immunocompromised individuals should receive a third dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine after their initial 2-dose vaccination series of Pfizer or Moderna. This third dose should be received at least 28 days after the second dose.


Is the third dose for the immunocompromised identical to the first and second doses?

Yes. The third dose is the same as the previous doses of the vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna).


What is the risk of getting the third dose for the immunocompromised?

Per the CDC, so far reactions reported after the third mRNA dose (of Pfizer or Moderna) were similar to that of the two-dose series: fatigue and pain at injection site were the most commonly reported side effects, and overall, most symptoms were mild to moderate.


What if I am immunocompromised and received the J&J/Janssen vaccine?

The CDC & FDA’s recent amendment regarding a third dose only applies to mRNA COVID-19 vaccines (Pfizer and Moderna). If their recommendations change, information will be shared with the public.


If you have questions, please contact your healthcare provider to talk about your medical condition to see if getting a third dose is appropriate for you. Delaware County Public Health is also available to answer your questions and can be reached at 563-927-7551.

If I was EXPOSED to COVID-19, what do I do?

Click here for the COVID-19 Positive Patient AND Quarantine Instructions.

Should I be tested for COVID-19 if I was EXPOSED?

Click here for the COVID-19 Positive Patient AND Quarantine Instructions.

What COVID-19 vaccines are available?

Eligibility may vary depending on the vaccine type.

CLICK HERE for vaccine resources.

What do I do if I test positive for COVID-19?

Click here for the COVID-19 Positive Patient AND Quarantine Instructions.

What is an "approved face covering"?

An approved face covering is a 2-layer face mask that fits snugly to your face. When worn, both your nose and mouth needs to be covered.

Face shields and gaiters are NOT considered face coverings.

(NOTE: Per the CDC, if it is a 1-layer gaiter, it is not an approved face covering; if it is a 2-layer gaiter, it is approved per the CDC. However, at RMC, we continue to require people to wear a face mask. Gaiters are not allowed.)

What is considered being "EXPOSED" to COVID-19?

Click here for the COVID-19 Positive Patient AND Quarantine Instructions. This document includes exposure information.

What is the Quarantine Guidance for those exposed to COVID-19?

Click here for the COVID-19 Positive Patient AND Quarantine Instructions.