Contact: BlackHawk County Public Health
Black Hawk County Public Health is hosting a community COVID-19 booster clinic on Friday, November 18 from 8:30-11:30 am and 1-6 pm at the Public Health Center located on the 5th Floor of the Pinecrest Building, 1407Independence Avenue, Waterloo. The Moderna bivalent booster will be providedfor persons 18 and older. Appointments are available, but walk-ins arewelcome.
To receive the Moderna bivalent booster, individuals will need to have completed their primary vaccination series, with the last vaccination being administered at least 2 months after completing primary series or booster. Identification cards or insurance information are not required, however all registrants will need to provide contact information and complete a consent form prior to vaccination. If you have a COVID-19 vaccine card, please bring it.
COVID-19vaccines are effective at protecting people from getting seriously ill, being hospitalized, and dying. As with other vaccine-preventable diseases, you are protected best from COVID-19 when you stay up to date with the recommended vaccinations, including recommended boosters. The bivalent booster is formulated to protect against the original virus, as well as variants.
Deputy Director Kaitlin Emrich hopes the community will take advantage of being boosted before colder weather arrives. “We always see an increase in respiratory illnesses during the winter season. By getting boosted, you can protect yourself and your family from becoming seriously ill with COVID-19 and be healthier to enjoy the winter and holiday season.” said Emrich.
While the November 18 clinic is for adults ages18 and older, COVID-19 vaccination is encouraged for everyone ages 6 months and up. The CDC currently recommends that people aged 5 and older receive one bivalent booster if it has been at least 2months since their last COVID-19 vaccine primary or booster dose. Public Health officials encourage individuals to talk to their healthcare provider or pharmacy about getting a booster for family members ages under age 18. For more information on the COVID-19 vaccine and bivalent booster go to vaccines.gov or call 319-291-2413.
Black Hawk County Public Health exists to ensure that people in our community have equitable opportunities and resources to lead healthier, more fulfilling, and longer lives. Established in 1969, the health department's mission is to protect people in our community from health hazards, promote healthy behaviors, and prevent disease. Black Hawk County Public Health was accredited by the National Public Health Accreditation Board in 2022. For more information about health department services visit the Black Hawk County Public Health website.