The process of making COVID-19 vaccines available to the public has been a complicated process with frequently moving and changing parts.
Here's a roundup of current sign-up and assistance options for COVID-19 vaccines in Mason City, all in one spot.
Currently eligible groups to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Iowa include individuals ages 65 and older, individuals with disabilities, certain groups of essential workers and those under 65 with preexisting health conditions. Eligible groups and a projected timeline of Iowa's vaccine rollout can be viewed here: https://vaccinate.iowa.gov/eligibility/.
CG Public Health: CG Public Health is using its CodeRED Alert System to inform the public as vaccination sign-up times become available. Instructions, including sign-up time, as well as a link and phone number, are provided in the alert. Learn more here.
Walgreens: Iowans can sign up to receive COVID-19 vaccines at Walgreens locations in several counties, including Cerro Gordo and Black Hawk. Instructions for registering at Walgreens can be found here.
MercyOne's vaccine interest list: Signing up on this list doesn't automatically register you for an appointment. What it does do is allow you to be contacted if an opportunity for a vaccination arises. And you don't have to be a MercyOne patient to sign up. Learn more here.
Iowa's COVID-19 hotline: Gov. Kim Reynolds announced Thursday she anticipates that beginning the week of March 8, Iowa's COVID-19 information hotline, 211, will also be set up to help senior citizens with the vaccination sign-up process.
Mason City's Elderbridge Agency on Aging is also helping those 65 and older who might have trouble with registering online. More information can be found here.
Hy-Vee Pharmacy: According to Iowa Department of Public Health, appointments might not be available at all Hy-Vee Pharmacy locations, but available time slots are updated daily. You can sign up for Hy-Vee's vaccine updates or search available time slots by state, city and zip code here.
Iowa's new COVID-19 vaccine website: Statewide updates and information about COVID-19 vaccines can be found at https://vaccinate.iowa.gov/.
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Melanie Mergen is Local News Editor for the Globe Gazette. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.