More of the population is now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.
The Iowa Department of Public Health announced Thursday night that effective on Monday, vaccine providers can begin vaccinating more priority populations. Those 64 and younger with certain medical conditions are now eligible in Phase 1C – that includes those with cancer, chronic kidney disease, COPD, heart conditions, Down Syndrome, Sickle cell disease and Type 2 diabetes. It also includes smokers, as well as those who are pregnant, obese and immunocompromised.
However, Regional Medical Center, Delaware County Public Health and Regional Family Health will not be able to expand to those 64 and younger with medical conditions at this time. Delaware County Public Health Coordinator Charity Loecke says they do not have enough vaccine to proceed with this expansion into Phase 1C. She says they have only been receiving a weekly allotment of 200 doses of the Moderna vaccine.
While the vaccine is not yet available in Delaware County for ages 64 and younger with medical conditions, you can sign up for the waiting list if you fit that criteria – you can get signed up at regmedctr.org/covidvaccinewaitlist.
You can sign up for Brehme Drug’s waiting list at brehmedrug.com. Brehme’s allotment includes the new one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
And if you already received your vaccine somewhere else, you are asked to please remove your name from their list by filling out the form at regmedctr.org/removeme or by calling 927-7600.
Vaccinations started in mid-December in Delaware County. Healthcare workers, long-term care facility residents and staff, first responders, teachers, daycare providers and those 65 and older have been among the residents who have been receiving the vaccine over the past two to three months.
President Joe Biden announced earlier this week the U.S. will have enough COVID-19 vaccines for every adult by the end of May – that’s two months earlier than previously expected.