Mahaska County COVID-19 Vaccine Call Center Information & Update

MAHASKA COUNTY (March 8, 2021) – The Mahaska Health Emergency Management, Mahaska Health, CERT, MCG, and Public Health have coordinated together to help our residents get pre-registered for the vaccine and provide our community with information and assistance.

The Call Center is available at (641) 676-3599, Monday through Friday from 10AM to 3PM for any questions you may have, or to get pre-registered for the vaccine. The Call Center Team will assist you in registering your information or you may fill out the online form here, so the process is more efficient when it is time for scheduling your appointment. For more information, please visit the EMA and Mahaska County Public Health Facebook pages. You can also visit Mahaska Health website: mahaskahealth.org

For Mahaska County Residents:

For those eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, and who would like to pre-register to receive the vaccine. Our Mahaska EMA Call Center is happy to assist you with getting pre-registered for the vaccine and answer any questions you may have.

Please call 641-676-3599 or visit mahaskavaccine-preregister.org

We would like to sincerely thank you for your continued patience through the vaccination roll out process. The vaccine remains in short supply and demand continues to exceed supply, however we are working to vaccinate as many individuals as possible given the vaccine availability. Mahaska County continues to follow federal and state recommendations for vaccine rollout.

Iowa Department of Health issued a vaccine shortage order on January 11, at the same time that Phase 1B priority populations were released by the State, and included individuals who are 75 and older and other high risk populations. To help balance vaccine supply with the Phase 1B demands, the Iowa Department of Public Health implemented a tiered prioritization outlined here (the IDPH cautions that timeframes and phases are estimated and are subject to change.)

The Phase 1B priority populations, released by the state of Iowa on January 11, was expanded on January 21 by Governor Kim Reynolds to include Iowans 65 years and over, effective March 8, was expanded to include individuals 64 years of age or younger who are or might be at an increased risk from COVID-19. A list of these underlying conditions are listed on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website.

Our Mahaska EMA Call Center is happy to assist you with getting pre-registered for the vaccine and answer any questions you may have.

If you are 65+ or you are included in Phase 1B, (and Individuals 16-64 with a Medical Condition) and would like the COVID-19 vaccine, please use one of the following options below to be put on the pre-registration list:

MAHASKA COUNTY (March 8, 2021) – The Mahaska Health Emergency Management, Mahaska Health, CERT, MCG, and Public Health have coordinated together to help our residents get pre-registered for the vaccine and provide our community with information and assistance.

The Call Center is available at (641) 676-3599, Monday through Friday from 9AM to 5PM for any questions you may have, or to get pre-registered for the vaccine. The Call Center Team will assist you in registering your information or you may fill out the online form here, so the process is more efficient when it is time for scheduling your appointment. For more information, please visit the EMA and Mahaska County Public Health Facebook pages. You can also visit Mahaska Health website: mahaskahealth.org

For Mahaska County Residents:

For those eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, and who would like to pre-register to receive the vaccine. Our Mahaska EMA Call Center is happy to assist you with getting pre-registered for the vaccine and answer any questions you may have.

Please call 641-676-3599 or visit mahaskavaccine-preregister.org

We would like to sincerely thank you for your continued patience through the vaccination roll out process. The vaccine remains in short supply and demand continues to exceed supply, however we are working to vaccinate as many individuals as possible given the vaccine availability. Mahaska County continues to follow federal and state recommendations for vaccine rollout.

Iowa Department of Health issued a vaccine shortage order on January 11, at the same time that Phase 1B priority populations were released by the State, and included individuals who are 75 and older and other high risk populations. To help balance vaccine supply with the Phase 1B demands, the Iowa Department of Public Health implemented a tiered prioritization outlined here (the IDPH cautions that timeframes and phases are estimated and are subject to change.)

The Phase 1B priority populations, released by the state of Iowa on January 11, was expanded on January 21 by Governor Kim Reynolds to include Iowans 65 years and over, effective March 8, was expanded to include individuals 64 years of age or younger who are or might be at an increased risk from COVID-19. A list of these underlying conditions are listed on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website.

Our Mahaska EMA Call Center is happy to assist you with getting pre-registered for the vaccine and answer any questions you may have.

If you are 65+ or you are included in Phase 1B, (and Individuals 16-64 with a Medical Condition) and would like the COVID-19 vaccine, please use one of the following options below to be put on the pre-registration list:

To better serve our community we ask that loved ones who are able, please assist individuals 65 and over by encouraging them to call into the call center or registering their information online. That will allow us to be more responsive to persons who have no other resource for receiving updated information or assistance.

Mahaska County Public Health, Mahaska Health and Mahaska Emergency Services are partnering and creating ongoing plans with our local pharmacies to meet the needs of our residents. The community is encouraged to stay up to date with all information on Mahaska County Public Health Facebook, Mahaska Health’s Facebook and website. Information is also being distributed through local newspapers, radio and other media outlets.

We would like to sincerely thank you for your continued patience through the vaccination roll out process. We are excited to continue to be able to roll out the vaccine to the residents of Mahaska County as quickly as we receive them.

We would like to express our gratitude to Mahaska Emergency Management Agency, CERT, MCG, Mahaska Health teams and our community for preparing the COVID-19 Call Center. We would like to thank the volunteers who have graciously given their time to answer calls and provide our community members with helpful, kind and detailed information. We are appreciative for the partnerships and generosity of our community organizations during the vaccine rollout process.

Mahaska County Public Health, Mahaska Health and Mahaska Emergency Services are partnering and creating ongoing plans with our local pharmacies to meet the needs of our residents. The community is encouraged to stay up to date with all information on Mahaska County Public Health Facebook, Mahaska Health’s Facebook and website. Information is also being distributed through local newspapers, radio and other media outlets.

We would like to sincerely thank you for your continued patience through the vaccination roll out process. We are excited to continue to be able to roll out the vaccine to the residents of Mahaska County as quickly as we receive them.

Additional Mahaska Health Covid-19 Vaccine Updates & Resources

MAHASKA COUNTY (March 8, 2021) – The Mahaska Health Emergency Management, Mahaska Health, CERT, MCG, and Public Health have coordinated together to help our residents get pre-registered for the vaccine and provide our community with information and assistance.

The Call Center is available at (641) 676-3599, Monday through Friday from 10AM to 3PM for any questions you may have, or to get pre-registered for the vaccine. The Call Center Team will assist you in registering your information or you may fill out the online form here, so the process is more efficient when it is time for scheduling your appointment. For more information, please visit the EMA and Mahaska County Public Health Facebook pages. You can also visit Mahaska Health website: mahaskahealth.org

For Mahaska County Residents:

For those eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, and who would like to pre-register to receive the vaccine. Our Mahaska EMA Call Center is happy to assist you with getting pre-registered for the vaccine and answer any questions you may have.

Please call 641-676-3599 or visit mahaskavaccine-preregister.org

We would like to sincerely thank you for your continued patience through the vaccination roll out process. The vaccine remains in short supply and demand continues to exceed supply, however we are working to vaccinate as many individuals as possible given the vaccine availability. Mahaska County continues to follow federal and state recommendations for vaccine rollout.

Iowa Department of Health issued a vaccine shortage order on January 11, at the same time that Phase 1B priority populations were released by the State, and included individuals who are 75 and older and other high risk populations. To help balance vaccine supply with the Phase 1B demands, the Iowa Department of Public Health implemented a tiered prioritization outlined here (the IDPH cautions that timeframes and phases are estimated and are subject to change.)

The Phase 1B priority populations, released by the state of Iowa on January 11, was expanded on January 21 by Governor Kim Reynolds to include Iowans 65 years and over, effective March 8, was expanded to include individuals 64 years of age or younger who are or might be at an increased risk from COVID-19. A list of these underlying conditions are listed on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website.

Our Mahaska EMA Call Center is happy to assist you with getting pre-registered for the vaccine and answer any questions you may have.

MAHASKA COUNTY (February 11, 2021) – Mahaska Health Emergency Management, Mahaska Health, CERT, MCG, and Public Health have set up the COVID-19 Vaccine Call Center to be staffed Monday through Friday, 9:00AM to 5:00PM.

Starting today Thursday, February 11, the COVID-19 Vaccine Call Center and online registration form will go live at 12:00PM. The call center number is 641-676-3599. These resources are available for community members to be put on a pre-registration list for the COVID-19 vaccine.

The call center will assist you in registering your information or you may fill out the online form here, so the process is more efficient when it is time for scheduling your appointment.

If you are 65+ or you are included in Phase 1B and want the COVID-19 vaccine, please use one of the two options below to be put on the pre-registration list:

Iowa Department of Public Health Covid Vaccine Update

Last updated 02/11/2021

MAHASKA COUNTY (January 19, 2021) – Your health and safety are our top priority. Vaccines are a critical strategy in the response to COVID-19. Getting vaccinated can prevent you from getting the virus. It can also protect those around you from getting infected. Mahaska Health has decades of experience delivering vaccinations safely and efficiently. We’re rigorously reviewing the research to ensure that any vaccines we provide meet our clinical standards.

Mahaska Health is partnering with federal, state and county public health departments on allocation and distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine. Our health care workers and emergency responders have begun receiving the second dose of the vaccine. The first phase of vaccine distribution focuses on frontline health care workers.

We are following the Iowa Department of Public Health guidelines to distribute the vaccine equitably, starting with those at highest risk for COVID-19 exposure. The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Infectious Disease Advisory Council (IDAC) provided additional guidance to help further prioritize within the priority groups established by the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).

As more vaccines are approved and more vaccine doses are manufactured and distributed, the CDC will open access to and prioritization for other population groups, including older adults and people with underlying health risks. 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.

Mahaska Health is charged first with vaccinating its employees and looks forward to more information on when the vaccines will become available to the general public. The vaccines are not yet available to the general public. The first limited doses are being given to health care workers and residents of long-term care facilities, as required by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the State of Iowa.

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.

According to the CDC and the IDPH, it is unknown exactly how long the first phase of vaccine distribution to healthcare workers will last. The next phase to follow will expand to other essential workers and high-risk patients. This means that we do not anticipate the COVID-19 vaccine will be widely available to patients/general public until spring 2021 or later.

We will be monitoring communications from the CDC and the Iowa Department of Public Health. 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.

Until a vaccine is distributed to the general public (and even for some time after), we must remain vigilant. Please wear your mask, practice social distancing, washing your hands for at least 20 seconds and stay home when you’re sick.

Where to Find More Info

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Vaccine Availability & Distribution

The vaccine is being distributed according to federal, state and public health guidelines, health care workers with the highest risk of exposure were identified as the first tier to receive the vaccine. Mahaska Health team members began receiving the first dose of the vaccine in December 2020 and we have already begun administering the second dose of the vaccine. We expect COVID-19 vaccines to be widely available to the general public later in 2021. Eligibility, timelines and processes will depend on the number of available vaccine doses available through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the State of Iowa.

Mahaska Health is partnering with federal, state and county public health departments on allocation and distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine. Our team members have begun receiving the vaccine using an effective, efficient and fair process.

The first phase of vaccine distribution focuses on frontline health care workers in patient service with the highest risk of exposure.

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.

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.

Where to Find More Info

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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.

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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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How can I keep myself safe and healthy right now?

The CDC recommends the following:

  • Wash your hands often and correctly or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Practice social distancing
  • Wear a face mask that covers your mouth and nose
  • Stay home if you aren’t feeling well
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Get a flu shot
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, daily