COVID-19 VACCINATION UPDATE
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STARTING FEBRUARY 1, 2021 PHASE 1B OF COVID-19 VACCINATION BEGAN IN IOWA.
However, the biggest issue we face is that 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 in the image (left).
03/05 UPDATE: Polk County Health Department Provides Update on Current COVID-19 Vaccine Phases and Tiers. Click here to read.
COVID-19 Vaccine Administration Fees (updated 02/25/2021)
All CPESN pharmacies that are participating in the CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Program:
must administer COVID-19 Vaccine at no out-of-pocket cost to the recipient
may not deny anyone vaccination based on the vaccine recipient’s coverage status or network status
may not charge an office visit or other fee if COVID-19 vaccination is the sole medical service provided
may not require additional medical services to receive COVID-19 vaccination
may seek appropriate reimbursement from a program or plan that covers COVID-19 Vaccine administration fees for the vaccine recipient, such as:
vaccine recipient’s private insurance company
Medicare or Medicaid reimbursement
HRSA COVID-19 Uninsured Program for non-insured vaccine recipients
may not seek any reimbursement, including through balance billing, from the vaccine recipient
Frequently asked questions
Should I call my pharmacy to get signed up to receive the vaccine?
While we LOVE to talk to our patients. Pharmacies are currently experiencing an exceptionally high call volume that is making it difficult to keep up with daily work.
What is taking so long?
At the current rate of vaccine production, Iowa receives (on average) 20,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine each week. As more resources become available, vaccinations will happen at a quicker rate.
If I already had COVID-19 and recovered, do I still need to get vaccinated?
Yes. CDC recommends that you get vaccinated even if you have already had COVID-19, because you can catch it more than once. While you may have some short-term antibody protection after recovering from COVID-19, we don’t know how long this protection will last.
Is it safe to get a COVID-19 vaccine if I have an underlying medical condition?
Yes. COVID-19 vaccination is especially important for people with underlying health problems like heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, and obesity. People with these conditions are more likely to get very sick from COVID-19.
Is it better to get natural immunity to COVID-19 rather than immunity from a vaccine?
No. While you may have some short-term antibody protection after recovering from COVID-19, we don’t know how long this protection lasts. Vaccination is the best protection, and it is safe. People who get COVID-19 can have serious illnesses, and some have debilitating symptoms that persist for months.
Where can I get vaccinated?
Many CPESN IOWA member pharmacies are working with their local health departments across the state to administer vaccines in their communities. CPESN was also recently activated in Iowa as a Federal Pharmacy Partner and some pharmacies will begin to receive small allotments of vaccine through that program.
CPESN IOWA Executive Director, Lindsey Ludwig and Network Pharmacist, Ryan Frerichs were pleased to joined Governor Reynolds during her press conference to share how community pharmacies have been working with local public health to vaccinate Iowans. We look forwarding to expanding the number of network pharmacies providing COVID vaccine across the state including many rural communities.