Mahaska Health has collaborated with Mahaska County to provide necessary public health services for the community. Everyone from birth to end-of-life is eligible to utilize the services offered by Public Health. Through the services we provide, our goal is to promote the health and well-being of our community.

Vaccine Information Resources

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We will be monitoring communications from the CDC and the Iowa Department of Public Health. As soon as we have more information to proceed, we will partner with public health to contact people who are eligible for the vaccine regarding next steps. We will provide more information when vaccines are available for wider distribution, including notifying our patients directly. There is no wait list for the vaccine available at this time, please check back regularly for additional information on vaccine appointment scheduling. We will update you here and by also by email as we get more information about who becomes eligible. You can also sign up for MahaskaAlert email updates here.

Vaccine eligibility is determined by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) when vaccine supply is limited. ACIP presents their recommendations to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Because early supplies of the COVID-19 vaccine are limited, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued recommendations for who should be considered eligible for vaccination first. Based on those recommendations and the number of doses they are allocated, state and county public health departments receive federal guidance to determine a more specific prioritization schedule for their residents. Allocation plans can vary from state to state and the speed at which eligible individuals are vaccinated depends on the number of doses available. Learn more about how the CDC determines the eligibility recommendations for the vaccine:

  • Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), with input from the Infectious Disease Advisory Council (IDAC), will provide more recommendations for who should get vaccine next. This guidance is to help reduce health inequities from geography, poverty, and other social determinants.

Mahaska County Public Health will share information about when vaccine will be given to more groups within the general public once that information is available from federal and state partners.

It is not yet known when the vaccines will be available to the general public. Like all Iowa health systems, we are working closely with the CDC and state health departments charged with vaccine distribution in our state. Mahaska Health is following all state and federal recommendations for COVID-19 vaccine distribution. The Iowa Department of Public Health, based on recommendations put forward by the Iowa Diseases Advisory Council (IDAC) has provided due to the current and short term projections for vaccine allocation for Iowa, IDAC recommendations for Phase 1B focus on individuals who are age 75 and over* (*IDPH issued updated guidance on 01/21/2021 for Phase 1B. Beginning February 1, persons aged 65 years and over OR, populations vulnerable to high risk of exposure or severity of illness will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.) as well as other high-risk populations. This includes Iowans who are most vulnerable to exposure to COVID-19 or high-risk for illness. We will keep you posted when we are able to begin vaccinating Phase 1B priority populations. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the State of Iowa determine who gets the vaccine. The vaccines will be made available in phases. The CDC and the State of Iowa will provide guidance on who will belong to each phase of vaccinations.

Due to nationwide vaccine shortage and limited vaccine availability, the federal government and the state of Iowa have established priority groups that are being given the vaccine first due to their risk of exposure to COVID-19. We expect production of the vaccine to increase in 2021, when there will eventually be enough supply of the vaccine for everyone who would like to receive it.

As of January 15, based on limited vaccine supply, Polk County announced that they are still currently in Phase 1A, which includes Healthcare Personnel and Long-term Care Facility Residents and Staff.

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has indicated it wants to get everyone in the state vaccinated as soon as possible, but it will take time. You can also sign up for MahaskaAlert email updates here.

For more information on vaccine availability, return to this page regularly. It will be updated as more information becomes available.

You can also visit the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) COVID-19 vaccination information. People who don’t have internet access can get information about the COVID-19 vaccines by calling IDPH at 2-1-1.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the State of Iowa determine who gets the vaccine. The vaccines will be made available in phases. People who need the vaccine sooner will be included in earlier phases. The CDC and the State of Iowa will provide guidance on who will belong to each phase of vaccinations. Mahaska Health will continue to update this section with more information on availability once more guidance regarding the phased distribution is available.

As soon as we have more information to proceed, we will partner with public health to contact people who are eligible for the vaccine regarding next steps.

Vaccine Update Email List MahaskaAlert 

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Due to the limited vaccine, the federal government and the state of Iowa have established priority groups that are being given the vaccine first due to their risk of exposure to COVID-19. We expect production of the vaccine to increase in 2021, when there will eventually be enough supply of the vaccine for everyone who would like to receive it.

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has indicated it wants to get everyone in the state vaccinated as soon as possible, but it will take time. You can also sign up for MahaskaAlert email updates here.

Vaccination sites will provide space for social distancing and will require that face masks be worn. We ask that only the patient attend the appointment whenever possible. We recognize that some patients will require assistance and exceptions will be allowed in those cases. Patients will be asked to wait in their vehicles until the time of their appointment to further support social distancing and a streamlined process.

Patients will be required to remain at the vaccination site to be monitored for 15 to 30 minutes after receiving the vaccine to monitor for any adverse reactions. In the rare event of a reaction, medically trained staff will be readily available onsite to manage these reactions.

Due to the limited vaccine, the federal government and the state of Iowa have established priority groups that are being given the vaccine first due to their risk of exposure to COVID-19. We expect production of the vaccine to increase in 2021, when there will eventually be enough supply of the vaccine for everyone who would like to receive it.

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has indicated it wants to get everyone in the state vaccinated as soon as possible, but it will take time. You can also sign up for MahaskaAlert email updates here. We also post updates on COVID-19 vaccinations as well.

You can stay up to date by visiting the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) website. If you do not have internet access, you can call IDPH with any general COVID-19 questions by calling 2-1-1.

For more information on vaccine availability, return to this page regularly. It will be updated as more information becomes available.

You can also visit the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) COVID-19 vaccination information. People who don’t have internet access can get information about the COVID-19 vaccines by calling IDPH at 2-1-1.

Due to the severe health risks associated with COVID-19 and the fact that re-infection with COVID-19 is possible, people may be advised to get a COVID-19 vaccine even if they have been sick with COVID-19 before. At this time, experts do not know how long someone is protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19. The immunity someone gains from having an infection, called natural immunity, varies from person to person. Some early evidence suggests natural immunity may not last very long. Experts won’t know how long immunity produced by vaccination lasts until more data is available on how well it works.

Yes. While experts learn more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide under real-life conditions, it will be important for everyone to continue using all the tools available to us to help stop this pandemic, like covering your mouth and nose with a mask, washing hands often, and staying at least 6 feet away from others. Experts need to understand more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide before deciding to change recommendations on steps everyone should take to slow the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19.

If you are not feeling well, it is recommended that you wait until you are feeling better to get the vaccine. For any questions about the COVID-19 vaccine and how it relates to your medical condition or history, contact your primary care provider.

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Public Health Education Services

Health Education:

  • The Perfect Beginnings Program provides education and assistance for new mothers.
    • Mothers delivering at Mahaska Health are offered a visit from a nurse during their stay to assist with breastfeeding and lactation.
    • This partnership with the Mahaska Health Birthing Center utilizes funding from the Iowa Department of Public Health and Mahaska County grants
    • These services are also available to all mothers residing in Mahaska County upon request.
  • Hand washing demonstrations for preschool and health fairs
  • Mahaska County Public Health participates in community educational events like YMCA Healthy Kids Day, Back to School events, Oskaloosa Elementary Kindergarten Round-Up, and Mahaska Health’s Women’s Health Night.

Disease Prevention and Preparedness Services

Public Health conducts reportable disease follow-up and surveillance, including: 

  • Case Identification and Finding
  • Contact Tracing
  • Prevention, Control of Spread of Infection, and Surveillance of Communicable, and Environmental Disease

Youth Vaccination Services:

  • The Vaccine for Children’s (VFC) Program provides vaccines to children birth through age 18 enrolled in Medicaid, are uninsured or underinsured, or are American Indian or Alaskan Native. Call ahead scheduling is recommended.
  • Annual school and daycare audits of immunization coverage in Mahaska County

General and Adult Vaccination Services: 

  • Adult immunizations are available upon request subject to availability.
  • Seasonal flu vaccine clinics are offered off campus, or done in conjunction with blood pressure screenings or the annual drive-through flu clinic held on Mahaska Health campus.

Click here for the latest COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Mahaska County Public Health is an active voting member in Service Area 1C Coalition and maintains strong partnerships with area organizations including Mahaska County Emergency Management, local schools, law enforcement, and other care providers.

Public Health provides the following services with regards to emergency preparedness: 

  • Bio-Emergency Preparation – call for more information.
  • Blood pressure clinics and screenings are held at locations across the county, and can be arranged upon request. 
  • Additional screening services include diabetes, head lice, and tuberculosis.

In Home Healthcare Services

Homecare aide and homemaking services:

  • Bathing, shampooing hair, toileting and dressing
  • Meal preparation
  • Laundry
  • Errands
  • Grocery shopping
  • Light housekeeping
  • Other personal cares specific to meet your need

Provided by Registered Nurses:

  • Assessments and blood draws
  • Medication administration/setup/instruction
  • Vital Signs
  • Health educators in nutritional guidance, home safety and health promotions
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Fees and Payment

Services are covered by grants and private pay, according to eligibility. Fees to patients are based on their ability to pay.

Location

Public Health services are located on level 3, best accessed through entrance #1. Take elevator C to level 3.