Vaccine providers

General Overview 

The COVID-19 vaccine rollout continues to be a fluid situation, with frequent changes that require vaccine providers to pivot and adjust. We ask for your patience, as the demand for vaccine continues to exceed supply.

Linn County Public Health works with providers to allocate vaccine, but does not oversee their appointment process. Local vaccine providers have their own process for contacting patients and making vaccine appointments, when vaccine is available.

  • Providers are reaching out to patients in multiple ways. This includes by mail, phone, text, email, or messaging such as MyChart to offer appointments.
  • In Iowa, the Retail Pharmacy Program also began the week of February 8, 2021. Additional pharmacies will be added at a later date.
  • Beginning Monday, April 5, 2021, all Iowans age 16 and above are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. (Those age 16-17 can receive only the Pfizer vaccine. Iowans age 18 and older can have the Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccines).  
  • While all Iowans 16 and above are now eligible to receive vaccine, many will not be contacted right away from their provider to schedule an appointment or – depending on the provider - be able to sign up online for an appointment time. Not all providers have vaccine to offer, and those that do have very limited amounts. 
  • Appointments are required, and fill quickly, due to limited amounts of vaccine available. More appointments will open as vaccine supplies increase. 
  • Providers are asking patients not to call or walk-in to clinics or pharmacies to request vaccine at this time. A high volume of calls makes it more difficult to address patients with immediate needs.

I Need Help Finding or Scheduling an Appointment  

  • The state's COVID-19 Vaccine Provider Information Dashboard, and Vaccinate Iowa, is updated as new information becomes available. 
  • Area Agencies on Aging can assist with connecting older adults to vaccine providers and transportation services. Please call (866) 468-7887 for assistance. 
  • Iowans with barriers to scheduling a vaccine appointment or who do not have internet access who are 65 and older, or 64 and younger with an underlying health condition as outlined by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) here, can call 211 or (800) 244-7431 and a vaccine navigator will assist them with scheduling a vaccine appointment. Translation services are available.
  • Frequently check your healthcare provider's website for information and instructions for scheduling appointments. If you do not have a primary care provider, Linn County Public Health can help. You may call (319) 892-6097 for assistance with locating a vaccine provider. 

Local Vaccine Providers

Clark's Pharmacy

CVS Pharmacy (Select Locations)

Eastern Iowa Health Center

  • EIHC is contacting patients by phone, text, and email to schedule appointments as vaccine supply allows.
  • Patients may also schedule appointments by calling (319) 730-7300, #6. Learn more, HERE

Hy-Vee Pharmacy (Select Locations)

Mercy Cedar Rapids

  • Mercy Cedar Rapids is contacting a list of Mercy and MercyCare patients with MyChart as vaccine supply allows.
  • Patients and community members may also visit mercycare.org/covidvaccine to schedule appointments as vaccine supply allows. Patients without access to a computer may call (319) 369-4604 for assistance. 
  • Those without a Mercy Cedar Rapids provider may visit https://www.mercycare.org/doctors/clinics/find-a-doc/#form, or call (319) 369-4444 for assistance. 

Unity Point Health-Cedar Rapids

  • Unity Point Health-Cedar Rapids is contacting primary care patients by mail, phone, and text as vaccine supply allows.
  • Patients experiencing technical difficulties may call (319) 730-9439.
  • Those without a Unity Point provider may visit unitypoint.org/findadoctor, or call (319) 558-4858 for assistance.

Walgreens Pharmacy (Select Locations)