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COVID-19

How Can I Protect Myself Against COVID-19?

Make the choice to get vaccinated to help keep you, your family, and your community safe, secure, and protected! Widespread vaccination is a critical tool to help stop the pandemic and get back to normal.

Percent of Henry County residents age 12+ fully vaccinated: 54.8% (as of 9/22/21). Visit Facebook.com/HealthyHenryCounty to see more numbers.

WALK-IN CLINICS FOR MODERNA OR J&J (age 18+)

Monday – Friday 8am-3:30pm
1st and 3rd Thursday of each month 8am – 5:30pm
106 N. Jackson St., Mt. Pleasant

No cost, no insurance needed, and language interpretation is available.

Find all vaccine providers at vaccines.gov.

Before Getting Your Vaccine:

  • You will need to fill out a consent form. Click here to download the vaccine consent form. You will need to bring another copy of this form when you come back for your 2nd shot. Español
  • Learn about the different vaccines from the CDC here.
  • Click here to learn more about possible common side effects. You will receive a print-out of this when you receive your vaccine. Español
  • Need transportation? Call SEIBUS at 866-753-5107 to schedule a FREE ride (advance notice required) Monday – Friday 9am-3pm. SEIBUS is handicap accessible.
  • If you or someone you know is homebound, call us at 319-385-0779 and we will set up an appointment to come to your house.
  • Hy-Vee and Walmart also have vaccines available for walk-ins. Learn more at Hy-Vee’s website or Walmart’s website.

Questions About Booster Doses?

  • Third COVID-19 vaccine doses are currently ONLY available to select immunocompromised individuals, as outlined by the CDC. People with moderately to severely compromised immune systems may not build the same level of immunity to 2-dose vaccine series compared to people who are not immunocompromised. This recommendation only applies to mRNA COVID-19 vaccines (Moderna and Pfizer); J&J is still being studied.
  • At this time, COVID-19 boosters are NOT available to the general public.

Vaccinations for Youth

CDC recommends everyone 12 years and older should get a COVID-19 vaccination to help protect against COVID-19. What you need to know about vaccines for kids.

  • Although fewer children have been infected with COVID-19 compared to adults, children can:
    • Be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19
    • Get sick from COVID-19
    • Spread COVID-19 to others
  • Children 12 years and older are able to get the Pfizer vaccine, currently available at Hy-Vee pharmacies.
  • Clinical studies are currently underway for children ages 6 months to 11 years.

What Changes When You’ve Become Fully Vaccinated?

If you are fully vaccinated (click here for details), you can resume activities that you did before the pandemic. To reduce the risk of being infected with the Delta variant and possibly spreading it to others, wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission.

You should still watch out for symptoms of COVID-19, especially if you’ve been around someone who is sick. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you should get tested and stay home and away from others. If your test is positive, isolate at home for 10 days.

What To Do If You Are Sick or Were Exposed?

Common symptoms of COVID-19 may include cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing; fever or chills; muscle or body aches; vomiting or diarrhea; or new loss of taste or smell. Most people have mild illness and are able to recover at home. If you are sick:

Prevent Getting Exposed to the Virus

The best way to prevent getting the virus is to not be exposed to it in the first place. COVID-19 spreads when an infected person breathes out droplets and very small particles that contain the virus. These droplets and particles can be breathed in by other people or land on their eyes, noses, or mouth. In some circumstances, they may contaminate surfaces they touch. People who are closer than 6 feet from the infected person are most likely to get infected.

  • Get a COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the
    trash and wash your hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • If you are not fully vaccinated and aged 2 or older, you should wear a mask over your nose and mouth in indoor public places.
  • Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arm lengths) from other people.
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Be alert for symptoms. Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

Hotlines

COVID Recovery Iowa – 844-775-9276

Connect with a peer counselor or request to get in touch with a COVID Recovery Iowa counselor. Visit website for information on group activities, support groups and other resources.

Iowa Concern Hotline – 800-447-1985 (call or text)

24/7 hotline to connect with emotional support, discuss financial concerns, and learn about your legal rights. Visit website.

Your Life Iowa – 855-581-8111 or text 855-895-8398

24/7 crisis hotline for help with alcohol, drugs, gambling, suicidal thoughts, and mental health concerns. Visit website.

Iowa COVID-19 Legal Hotline – 800-332-0419

Monday – Friday 9am-4pm; legal advice hotline for COVID-19 – related legal issues. Visit website.

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Call 211 for help finding resources. Visit website

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