COVID-19 Vaccine Information for the Public

If you have general questions about the vaccine, call 211.  Resource specialists are available 24 hours a day to answer basic questions. Check with your health care provider with questions specific to your health situation.

Many older Iowans may need assistance to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment. Click here for tips on how to help!


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Vaccine Distribution to Priority Populations - Phase I 

Iowa is currently vaccinating individuals in Phase 1B, that includes those age 65 and older, as well as those in critical front-line roles.

Vaccine remains in short supply. This means not everyone in Phase 1B will be able to get vaccinated right away. To help balance vaccine supply with the Phase 1B demands, IDPH has implemented a tiered prioritization, outlined below.  IDPH remains in close contact with our federal partners to communicate Iowa’s need for additional vaccines.

Phase 1B Priority Populations:

Persons aged 65 years and over. OR, the following populations vulnerable to high risk of exposure or severity of illness (listed in order of priority):

Tier 1

  • First Responders
  • PK-12 staff, early childhood education, childcare workers

Tier 2

  • Frontline essential workers in food, agriculture, distribution, and manufacturing sectors who live or work in non-social distanced settings
  • Individuals with disabilities living in home settings and their direct care staff

Tier 3

  • Staff and individuals living in congregate settings not covered by previous Phase or Tier
  • Government officials, including staff, engaged in business at the State Capitol

Tier 4

  • Inspectors responsible for health, life and safety

Tier 5

  • Correctional facility staff and individuals incarcerated

IDPH continues to urge Iowans that while the vaccine is still a scarce resource, to practice virus mitigation efforts.


v-safe After-Vaccination Health Checker

v-safe logo linked to v-safe website

CDC has created a way for you to report how you feel after COVID-19 vaccination through a smartphone-based tool that uses text messaging and web surveys to check in with you. Below are additional v-safe fact sheets and posters along with simple instructions to sign up.

v-safe fact sheetposter 

v-safe web site

Translated v-safe fach sheets: Spanish  Korean  Simplified Chinese  Vietnamese

Translated v-safe posters: Spanish  Korean  Simplified Chinese  Vietnamese


Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS)

VAERS logo image linked to VAERS website

The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) is a national early warning system to detect possible safety problems in U.S.-licensed vaccines. VAERS is co-managed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). VAERS accepts and analyzes reports of adverse events (possible side effects) after a person has received a vaccination. Anyone can report an adverse event to VAERS. 


Have you had a reaction following a vaccination?

  1. Contact your healthcare provider.
  2. Report an Adverse Event using the VAERS online form or the downloadable PDF.


CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Information for Consumers  

What to expect at your vaccination appointment

What to expect after getting vaccinated

Benefits of Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine

How COVID-19 Vaccines Work

Myths and Misconceptions about COVID-19 Vaccines

Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 Vaccination

Ensuring COVID-19 Vaccines Work | CDC

Facts about COVID-19 Vaccines

How CDC Is Making COVID-19 Vaccine Recommendations | CDC

COVID-19 Vaccination Resources

Different COVID-19 Vaccines