COVID-19 Vaccine Information

  • The Iowa City Community School District aims to provide the best resources from the CDC, Iowa Department of Public Health, and Johnson County Public Health concerning the COVID-19 vaccine, so parents, students, and staff can stay informed.

    Are the COVID-19 vaccines Safe?

    According to Johnson County Public Health, the COVID-19 vaccines proved to be effective and safe among groups defined by age, gender, race, ethnicity, obesity or presence of other diseases. Although the COVID-19 vaccines were developed quickly, they are still required to go through proper testing to make sure they are safe. No standards or steps are being skipped.

    Scientists have been studying and working with coronaviruses and mRNA for decades, which helped them speed up the process. To learn more, watch Johnson County Public Health health educator Susan Vileta explain how long mRNA has been studied and how it works in vaccines:

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    When will I get the COVID-19 vaccine?

    The CDC has provided guidelines to federal, state, and local governments on who should be vaccinated first. It could take several months to vaccinate the first groups. Johnson County Public Health’s timeline is as follows:

    • First (1a): Healthcare personnel (HCP) and residents of long-term care facilities, assisted living facilities.
    • Second (1b - Planned to start Feb. 1): The federal government announced increased availability of COVID-19 vaccine and that those over 65, or under 65 with significant health conditions, may begin to receive vaccine under phase 1b in the future. This includes: 
      • Persons 75 and older
      • Individuals with disabilities dependent on care staff, and their care attendants
      • PK-12 school staff, early childhood education, childcare workers (licensed and unlicensed)
      • Correctional facility staff and individuals incarcerated
      • Individuals and staff living in group settings, including shelters, sober living homes, behavioral health treatment
      • Inspectors responsible for health, life, safety (hospitals, child care, food protection)
      • Places where public health data shows outbreaks or clusters in food production, agriculture, or manufacturing facilities where workers cannot distance in the workplace or congregate living spaces
    • Third (1c): Adults with high-risk medical conditions, and adults aged 65 years or older.

    To learn more and keep up to date about the vaccine distribution, visit Johnson County Public Health’s Coronavirus Information Hub.

    What can I expect from the vaccine? 

    Two COVID-19 vaccine doses are needed. It takes up to two weeks after getting the second dose for the body to produce enough antibodies for fullest protection, 94-95% effective. Some side effects are normal, and can include: arm pain or swelling where you got the shot, fever, chills, tiredness, headache, or body aches. 
    To learn more, watch Johnson County Public Health's latest Vaccine Watch Wednesday: