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.


  • The vaccine is now available Monday – Friday 8am-3:30pm, and the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month 8am – 5:30pm. Video interpretation for many languages is available.

We do not have the storage capacity for the Pfizer vaccine (age 12 and older), but currently the Mt. Pleasant Hy-Vee has it. Find which providers have which vaccines at vaccines.gov.

What Do You Need to Know Before Getting Your Vaccine?

  • You will need to fill out a consent form. Click here to download the vaccine consent form. It will help if you already have this filled out when you arrive. 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? SEIBUS currently has funding to provide FREE medical transportation rides Monday – Friday 9am-3pm. Call 866-753-5107 to schedule your appointment (advance notice required).
  • 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.

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 without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations. If you’ve been around someone who has COVID-19, you do not need to stay away from others or get tested unless you have symptoms.

You should still watch out for symptoms of COVID-19, especially if you’ve been around someone who is sick.

What To Do If You Are Sick?

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.


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.


Call 211 for help finding resources. Visit website