COVID-19 Vaccine Information & Survey

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Frequently Asked Questions

Last Updated: April 1, 2021

Can an eligible teenager receive a COVID-19 vaccine?

Yes and no.  The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are currently only approved for adults ages 18 and older and the Pfizer vaccine is approved for ages 16 and older.  For patients aged 16-17, we will contact you when the appropriate vaccine is available. You may be contacted by one of our local pharmacy partners.  Children under the age of 16 are not currently approved for either vaccine.

I signed up once already, but I haven't been contacted. Should I sign up again?

No. One sign-up is all that is needed. This helps our staff save time and resources by not having to remove duplicate entries.

Who is eligible to get the vaccine now?

All Iowans over the age of 16 are now eligible. (Please see the question above about teenagers and the vaccines.)


I heard that I should wait to get my mammogram if I am getting the vaccine soon. Is that true?

Recently, the Society for Breast Imaging released a recommendation that people undergo mammography screening either before receiving the COVID-19 vaccine or wait to have a mammogram four to six weeks following their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. One side effect of many vaccines is enlarged lymph nodes that could raise alarm during a routine mammogram, causing additional unnecessary imaging. Vaccines of all types can result in temporary swelling of the lymph nodes, which may be a sign that the body is making antibodies as intended.

If you have any signs or symptoms of breast cancer, do not delay speaking with your primary care provider about what tests may be needed.


I live in another county. Where should I get my vaccine?

You can get the vaccine in whatever county works in your schedule once you're eligible.


Is there vaccine here in Cass County waiting to be used?

No. There is no vaccine in the county waiting to be used. We are deeply committed to not wasting a single dose, and we plan accordingly.


Vaccine Sign-Up Form |  After submitting your survey, Cass County Public Health will contact you about an appointment once we have vaccine available. Thank you for your patience!

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