COVID-19 Testing & COVID-19 Vaccine
Last updated: October 25, 2021

COVID-19 Testing Information
The Bremer County Health Department now has FREE saliva COVID-19 at home test kits available.
Each test kit includes step-by-step instructions including how to activate the test kit, collect the test sample, return sample to SHL and when to expect results.  Visit https://www.testiowa.com/ for more information or call the health department at 319-352-0082 to pick-up a test kit.


COVID-19 Vaccine Information


CLICK HERE TO SCHEDULE A COVID-19 VACCINE APPOINTMENT WITH THE BREMER COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT


Click here to learn more about the COVID-19 Vaccine and to find participating vaccine providers near you.


Please visit Vaccine Finder to see what types of vaccine providers have in stock.

Primary Doses of the COVID-19 Vaccines:
Right now, primary doses of the COVID-19 vaccines in Bremer County are available for persons age 12 (Pfizer) or 18 years (Moderna and J&J) of age and older. 
-Pfizer and Moderna are two-dose series vaccines
-J&J is a one-dose vaccine


Third Doses of the COVID-19 Vaccines:
A third dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine is recommended for Moderately to Severely Immunocompromised individuals.  This includes people who have:
-Been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood
-Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
-Received a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
-Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
-Advanced or untreated HIV infection
-Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune response
People should talk to their healthcare provider about their medical condition, and whether getting an additional dose is appropriate for them.

Booster Doses for Pfizer or Moderna:
The following groups are eligible for a booster dose at least 6 months or more after their initial two-dose series:
-People 65 years and older
-People 18 years and older who reside in long-term care settings
-People aged 18 years and older with underlying medical conditions
-People aged 18 years and older who work or live in high-risk settings

Booster Dose for J&J:

People aged 18 years who received a single dose Janssen primary series (1 dose) should receive a COVID-19 booster dose at least 2 months after completing the primary series.
-J&J vaccine does not have eligibility criteria for the booster dose.

Mix and Match Use of COVID-19 Vaccines:

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) amended the Emergency Use Authorizations for COVID-19 vaccines to allow for the use of each of the available COVID-19 vaccines as a heterologous (or “mix and match”) booster dose in eligible individuals following completion of primary vaccination with a different available COVID-19 vaccine. CDC’s recommendations now allow for this type of mix and match dosing for booster shots. Mix and match dosing may be considered for the booster dose only.

For help with scheduling an appointment or transportation needs, please call the health department at 319-352-0082.

If you have general questions about the vaccine (unrelated to scheduling an appointment), call 319-352-0082.  Call your health care provider with more specific questions to see if it is safe for you to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.  Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) can be found here.  Common Myths and Facts regarding the COVID-19 vaccine can be found here.

Requesting Immunization Records
Complete and submit an immunization record request form to the Iowa Department of Public Health Immunization Program.  Please follow all the instructions within the form, allowing 3-5 working days to process the record request.

Iowa COVID-19 Vaccine Information

For information regarding statewide vaccine administration, statewide vaccine provider information, and the vaccines administered dashboard click here.

CDC Vaccine Resources
The CDC has a number of COVID-19 vaccine resources available here.