Lets start with the good news, shall we? Starting today in Linn County, all residents over the age of 65 will be able to get vaccinated for COVID-19. But now, the bad news. Public health officials say that due to the limited amount of vaccine in the state, it will go very quickly.

The Cedar Rapids Gazette reports that people who are interested in getting the vaccine will need to schedule an appointment. But because of the limited amount of vaccine, those appointments are going to fill up very quickly. Residents in Linn County who now qualify to get the vaccine will be contacted by their primary care provider to schedule an appointment to get the first shot of the vaccine. Providers who will be giving out the shots include MercyCare Clinics, UnityPoint Health Clinics, and several other independent healthcare providers. People who don't have a primary care provider are urged to contact Linn County Public Health.

Linn County Public Health officials tell the Gazette that they will only have around 800 doses of the vaccine on hand this week. That is a fraction of the county population of adults 65 years of age and older. When these appointments fill up, more will eventually open as the vaccine becomes more readily available.

So far, it is not known if Johnson County will begin vaccinating adults in this age group. The Gazette reports that information from Johnson County Public Health should come sometime this week.

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