Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

When will it be my turn to get a COVID-19 vaccine?

·         Answer: The current criteria established by the state of Iowa requires vaccinating individuals aged 65 years or over. In addition, JCHC will identify individuals at high risk by utilizing our COVID-19 Risk Score.  JCHC will contact these individuals to schedule them for vaccines. All vaccines from this first shipment will be administered by Wednesday, February 10th


As more vaccines become available, we will continue to contact the high-risk individuals. Though we don’t know the timelines, our goal is to make vaccines available for all who want one.


Do I need to contact my Doctor to receive a vaccine? 

·         Answer: You do not need to contact your doctor in order to receive a vaccine.  JCHC is identifying high risk individuals to receive the vaccine.  Public Health and pharmacies may have vaccines available.


How is the COVID-19 Risk Score calculated?

·         Answer: The COVID-19 Risk Score is a scoring matrix that uses several variables to determine the level of risk for an individual if they were to contract COVID-19.  Some of the variables are age and diagnosed chronic diseases.


Will I have side effects after receiving the vaccine?

·         Answer:  Please refer to CDC’s webpage, What to Expect after Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine



Do I need to do anything after I receive the vaccine?

·         Answer: No. 


If I have already had COVID-19 and recovered, do I still need to get vaccinated?

·         Answer: (Source: Yes. Due to the severe health risks associated with COVID-19 and the fact that reinfection with COVID-19 is possible, you should be vaccinated regardless of whether you already had COVID-19 infection. If you were treated for COVID-19 symptoms with monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma, you should wait 90 days before getting a COVID-19 vaccine. Talk to your doctor if you are unsure what treatments you received or if you have more questions about getting a COVID-19 vaccine.


Is it safe for me to get the vaccine if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

·         Answer:  People who are pregnant may choose to be vaccinated. We recommend speaking with your obstetrics provider to be fully informed.   


Do I need to wear a mask and avoid close contact with others if I have received two doses of the vaccine?

  • Yes. Not enough information is currently available to say if or when CDC will stop recommending that people wear masks and avoid close contact with others to help prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19.


We are continuing our efforts to update you on COVID-related information. We will continue to communicate through KMCD/Classic 96, JCHC Facebook,, and 641-469-4180.