Apr 2, 2021 - News
Tips for getting a COVID vaccine as all Iowans soon become eligible
Illustration of the state of Iowa covered in bandages.
Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

The last year has been long — and that's putting it lightly. — but Monday marks an emotional milestone toward the end of all this: Every Iowan will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.

Why it matters: The faster we get shots in arms, the faster we can pack Principal Park, dance at Noce and eat breakfast burritos at the farmers' market.

What to know: Availability is still tough, but it's getting better. Wal-Mart just started offering vaccines — adding to the mix of Hy-Vee, CVS and Walgreens in the metro.

  • Based off this this map, rural areas have way more spots. If you're willing to drive, you can get your shot now, but stick with it or you may cause scheduling headaches.

Our tips for getting a shot:

  • Follow Iowa Vaccine Alerts on Twitter and hit the bell icon to get notifications for whenever a spot opens. (This helpful video shows how to book an appointment at Hy-Vee in a snap using the alerts.)
  • Polk and Dallas County health departments typically open first-dose appointments on Fridays at noon.
  • Call your doctor. UnityPoint, Mercy, Broadlawns and the Iowa Clinic are scheduling shots/ So are your neighborhood pharmacies.
  • Call 211 if someone you know can't access the internet.

Another big thing: Keep your CDC card safe. It may become your passport to future events and travels.

  • And you can get free stuff, like Krispy Kreme doughnuts or tokens at Up-Down.

This story first appeared in the Axios Des Moines newsletter, designed to help readers get smarter, faster on the most consequential news unfolding in their own backyard.

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