February 17, 2021 – Poweshiek County, Iowa – Poweshiek County Public Health has received vaccine doses and will hold COVID-19 vaccine clinics for Phase 1B (individuals age 65 and older) on Monday, February 22 and Wednesday, February 24. Both clinics will be held in Grinnell.
On Friday, February 19, beginning at 9 a.m. CST, individuals that are 65 years and older can make an appointment by calling (641) 269-9200. Appointments will not be scheduled until February 19 at 9 a.m. As soon as all appointments are filled, a notice will be posted on the public health Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/PoweshiekCountyPublicHealth) and webpage (https://www.unitypoint.org/grinnell/public-health.aspx).
Voicemail updates will also be available on the public health phone number, (641) 236-2385, to share:
When scheduling will take place
When scheduling is open
When appointments are full
Other updates, as applicable.
These updates will also be provided on our appointment scheduling number, (641) 269-9200.
Public health is happy to announce a partnership with Grinnell College to utilize their robust phone system to schedule appointments for the February 22 and 24 COVID-19 vaccine clinics. With multiple schedulers taking calls and a finite number of doses allocated by the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), appointments will fill up quickly.
Appointments will only be taken by calling (641) 269-9200. Walk-in scheduling will not be accepted. Anyone who comes to the public health building to schedule an appointment in person will be turned away.
For the vaccine clinics, appointments are required and walk-ins will not be accepted. Masks or face coverings must be properly worn over the nose and mouth; if you do not have one, a mask will be provided to you. A photo form of personal identification, such as state-issued driver’s license or passport, will be required during registration.
Additional clinics will be announced when more doses become available. There is not a waitlist or pre-scheduling process – when a vaccine clinic is full, scheduling will pause until additional doses are received.
“We continue to administer all the COVID-19 doses we receive each week,” says Shauna Callaway, RN, BSN, director of Poweshiek County Public Health. “We acknowledge that our communities are eager to get vaccinated, and our team is looking forward to the day that we can max vaccinate, but we are not there yet.”
Callaway continues, “We are optimistic that utilizing Grinnell College’s phone bank will allow our appointment scheduling process to run smoother and eliminate the technological issues that we’ve had in the past. We strive to improve each week while dealing with the fluidity of the vaccine process. It still remains unknown how many doses we will receive each week. We want our communities to know that we will continue to fill all available appointments and execute those clinics in a timely manner to get the shots into the arms of eligible community members. Thank you to all community partners who have reached out to provide support. Continue to stay hopeful as we vaccinate more individuals each week.”
Poweshiek County Public Health will continue working with local media outlets and community partners to share updates and notify residents when additional doses are available.
More information on IDPH state recommendations for vaccine distribution and COVID-19 updates can be found at https://idph.iowa.gov/.
For a breakdown of the Phase 1B tiering, please visit https://idph.iowa.gov/Emerging-Health-Issues/Novel-Coronavirus/Vaccine/Information-for-the-Public.
For updates and information from Poweshiek County Public Health, please follow them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/PoweshiekCountyPublicHealth or reference the website https://www.unitypoint.org/grinnell/public-health.aspx.