Des Moines area clinics begin COVID vaccinations

(Des Moines, IA) -- UnityPoint Health-Des Moines and Mercy One Des Moines area clinics are starting to contact patients about getting a COVID-19 vaccine. Both health care systems recently received a limited supply of vaccine from Polk County Health.

Those being contacted are in Phase 1B-Tier one, 65 and older who are at risk for complications from coronavirus.

Both health care systems have recommended patients not contact clinics about setting up an appointment. Due to very limited supplies, the clinics will reach out to patients when doses are available.

Local and state health officials stress that even though the vaccine is gradually being administered, residents are still urged to continue wearing a mask and taking other steps to avoid contracting the virus.

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