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COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Updated 4/8/2021

The COVID-19 vaccine is currently being administered to individuals over the age of 16. Our goal is to vaccinate as many individuals as possible, as quickly as supply allows. In the meantime, we encourage everyone, including those who have received the vaccine, to wear a face covering, social distance and wash your hands frequently in order to help reduce your risk of COVID-19.

Vaccine Scheduling

  • The COVID-19 vaccine is currently being administered to individuals over the age of 16.
  • The vaccine administration is being coordinated by local county public health departments.
  • At this time, we ask that patients do not call our clinics to schedule an appointment.
  • We encourage you to closely monitor communication from your local public health department. We will continue to partner with local public health departments on the best strategies to vaccinate and broadly communicate to these groups of individuals.
  • UnityPoint Health – Fort Dodge clinics are not offering vaccinations at this time.
  • As we learn county specific plans, we will provide updates here.

County Specific Information

Buena Vista

  • At this time, we ask that patients do not call our clinics to schedule an appointment. If you are 65 years or older, we will notify you via phone and/or through MyUnityPoint when you are able to call and schedule an appointment. 
  • If you are eligible based off your place of employment, occupation, or you're 64 years and younger, we encourage you to closely monitor communication from Buena Vista Public Health or employer. We will continue to partner with the local public health department on the best strategies to vaccinate and broadly communicate to these groups of individuals. 
  • We encourage all eligible individuals to get a vaccine when and where they can. Do not postpone for a certain brand or place - simply being vaccinated is the most important. 
  • In the meantime, we encourage everyone, including those who have received the vaccine, to wear a face covering, social distance and wash your hands frequently to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Humboldt

Pocahontas

Sac

Webster

  • Webster County Health department to offer COVID-19 vaccine clinic, by appointment only. 
  • To schedule an appointment, go to their webpage or call (515) 227-7104

Wright

View the Latest Vaccine Fact Sheets

Learn more about the COVID vaccines that have been given Emergency Use Authorization.

About the Vaccine

Is the COVID-19 vaccine free and do I need insurance?

The only charge for receiving the COVID-19 vaccine is an administrative fee, as the vaccine is being provided to us at no cost. The administrative fee is to cover costs we incur such as staffing, supplies, etc. This administrative fee will be billed to a patient's insurance company. Most insurance providers are covering the full cost of the administrative fee so there is no final patient cost/responsibility. For uninsured patients, we will bill the Health Resources and Services Administration's Provider Relief Fund and they will cover the cost in full. We recommend you contact your insurance carrier to determine your exact coverage

COVID Vaccine Administration


Gross Charge Uninsured Price
Per Dose/one injection
$80.00 $64.00

Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe?

Since COVID-19 is a new virus, we understand you may have questions about COVID-19 vaccine safety. It's important to note that the FDA established rigorous safety requirements for these vaccines, and more than tens of thousands of individuals participated in the clinical trials. Even though the virus itself is new, the science behind the vaccines is not new—it is rooted in years of research, and every step of the vaccine process went through the same safety assessments as all other vaccines. Finally, we want our community to know that our clinical leaders and vaccine and infectious disease experts thoroughly reviewed all data surrounding the clinical trials of these vaccines, and they support vaccination to help stop the pandemic. For more information on vaccine safety, we recommend visiting the CDC website.

How does the COVID-19 vaccine work?

The COVID-19 vaccine is an mRNA vaccine. Unlike traditional vaccines, mRNA vaccines do not take a virus or germ, weaken it and inject in the body to illicit an antibody response. The vaccine will not put COVID in your body or alter your DNA in any way. Instead, the COVID vaccine teaches your body to make a protein. Your cells then make this protein, illicit an antibody response and protect you from getting COVID.

What are the ingredients in the COVID vaccine?

There are currently three COVID-19 vaccines with Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) approval by the FDA. Ingredients for the Pfizer COVID Vaccine may be found on the EUA Fact Sheet.  Ingredients for the Moderna COVID Vaccine may be found on the EUA Fact Sheet. Ingredients for the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen COVID Vaccine may be found on the EUA Fact Sheet.

What are the potential side effects? 
Side effects are common, but generally mild to moderate and occur within the first few days of getting the vaccine. For more information on vaccine safety, speed of development and potential side effects of vaccination, we recommend reading the Pfizer EUA Fact SheetModerna EUA Fact Sheet, and Johnson & Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine EUA Fact Sheet. Materials were created by the FDA and include the latest information.

Will people need to mask after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine?

After receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, it's still important to follow all the guidelines we've come to know during the pandemic: wear a mask, social distance, wash your hands and stay home when you're sick. We don't know how long the immunity from the vaccine is going to last, and it's going to be a while before a large percentage of our communities get this vaccine.

Do I need a second dose?

Johnson & Johnson/Janssen is one dose. Pfizer and Moderna are two doses. The Pfizer vaccine requires a second dose at least 21 days after your first dose, and the Moderna vaccine requires a second dose at least 28 days after your first dose. These are the intervals utilized in the vaccine studies, so receiving your second dose close to the 21- or 28-day timeframe is advised.

The CDC states you can schedule the second dose up to six weeks after the first dose for both Pfizer and Moderna and still receive the full benefit of the vaccine. If your second dose is given outside of that six-week window, there is no need to restart the series. The second dose should be the same brand as the initial dose as there is not data to support interchanging brands. You will not be able to schedule your second dose appointment any sooner than the 21- or 28-day intervals.

Where can I find more information and/or data on the safety and efficacy of the COVID vaccine? 
Data for Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson/Janssen  is publicly available through the FDA website, found on the Pfizer EUA Fact SheetModerna EUA Fact Sheet, and Johnson & Johnson/Janssen EUA Fact Sheet.

Should I Get the Vaccine?

I am undocumented/do not have an ID Card. Can I get the vaccine? Yes, even if you cannot provide proof of residency or state identification. All people in the U.S. – regardless of their immigration status – will be able to get vaccinated at no cost.

Is the vaccine mandatory for UnityPoint Health team members? The COVID-19 vaccine is not mandatory for UnityPoint Health team members at this time. Each team member will be provided educational materials so they can be equipped to make an informed decision on whether or not they choose to receive the vaccine. 

Should pregnant or nursing individuals receive the vaccine?

Yes, pregnant and nursing individuals are eligible to receive the vaccine. They were excluded from the clinical trials in the development of these vaccines, so no information has been collected regarding safety during pregnancy. However, our Women's Service Line supports the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in the position the vaccine should be offered to pregnant and lactating individuals.

It is important to know that being pregnant puts a woman at increased risk of more severe COVID-19 with an increase in ICU admission and ventilator use when compared to non-pregnant women in the same age group. The bottom line – it's a personal decision, so we recommend pregnant individuals contact their provider to discuss their individual situation.

Should I get the vaccine if I've had COVID-19?

Yes. If you've already had COVID-19, your body may have built up antibodies to fight future infection. We know that natural infection results in immunity lasting at least 90 days, but we do not yet know how long that immunity lasts. Because of natural immunity, individuals who have had COVID-19 can consider deferring vaccination for 90 days, particularly in times of vaccine shortage. However, it is safe and effective to get the vaccine sooner, as long as your active infection and isolation period has ended.

Should I get the COVID-19 vaccine if I have allergies?

If you have severe anaphylaxis or an allergy to one of the ingredients of the COVID-19 vaccine, please talk to your health care provider. For most people, even those with seasonal allergies or minor food allergies, it is safe, and we highly recommend getting the vaccine.



Making a Difference - One Vaccine at a Time

History in the making as the COVID-19 vaccine arrived at UnityPoint Health campuses for our front-line team members. When it's your turn, we hope you'll roll up your sleeve, too.