COVID-19 Announcements

Union County Public Health is Pausing Johnson & Johnson Vaccinations

(April 13th, 2021) CRESTON, IA-Union County Public Health and Greater Regional Health announce as of today (April 13th, 2021) they will be pausing the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccines under the direction of the joint CDC and FDA issued statement.  

Union County Public Health still have Moderna vaccines available. To sign up for an appointment time for the Moderna vaccine please go to Greater Regional Health’s website (www.greaterregional.org).

Any questions regarding COVID-19 or the COVID-19 vaccines, please call 641-362-1006.

COVID-19 Vaccine Availability

Open to the Public

As of April 5th, 2021, Iowa has opened up vaccinations to the general public. 

Phase 1b

March 2021

Self-Scheduling for COVID-19 Vaccinations 18 Years and Older

 (March 31, 2021) CRESTON, IA- Union County Public Health and Greater Regional Health announce as of March 31st, 2021, the general public, ages 18 years and old, can self-schedule for the COVID-19 vaccine.

To self-schedule yourself or a loved one go to Greater Regional Health’s website (www.greaterregional.org).

Scheduling appointments will be done weekly. The first available slots to be signed up for are April 7th and April 8th, between 9:15 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. in the Medical Arts Plaza Conference Room. Vaccination Clinics will be able to vaccinate 150 people per day.

If you or your loved one is not able to access the website to self-schedule, please call 641-362-1006.

Self-Scheduling for COVID-19 Vaccinations Has Started

 (March 25, 2021) CRESTON, IA- Union County Public Health and Greater Regional Health announce as of 1 p.m. today, self-scheduling for COVID-19 vaccine is available.

Those that are 65 and older or 64 and under with underlying health conditions can self-schedule their COVID-19 vaccine appointment on Greater Regional Health’s website (www.greaterregional.org).

If you or your loved one is not able to access the website to self-schedule, please call 641-362-1006.

Union County Public Health and Greater Regional Health Launch Self-Scheduling for COVID-19 Vaccinations

(March 17, 2021) CRESTON, IA- Union County Public Health and Greater Regional Health are excited to announce as of next week, the general public who are 65 and older, or are 64 and under with underlying health conditions will be allowed to self-schedule an appointment for themselves or a loved one on Greater Regional Health’s website, www.greaterregional.org.

In order for this process to be up and running next week, the waiting list form for the COVID-19 Vaccination on Greater Regional Health’s website has been taken down. All those that have been on the list will be contacted for an appointment slot that is different than the available appointments with the self -scheduling system.

The call in COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline will also no longer be available. All appointments must be made through the self-schedule appointment on Greater Regional Health’s website, www.greaterregional.org. If you need help, please call (641) 362-1006, or any other questions pertaining to COVID-19 information.

Union County Public Health continues to receive 200 doses a week and will have appointments available based on this number of doses.

For more information go to www.greaterregional.org.

February 2021

COVID-19 Vaccine Update for Union County

(February 24, 2021) CRESTON, IA- Union County Public Health has continued to receive 200 doses each week of the COVID-19 vaccine. Union County Public Health and Greater Regional Health are continuing to conduct Vaccine Clinics for those 65+ in our community on Thursdays and continuing to work through Phase 1b tier 1.

Union County Public Health was excited to receive information from Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) that Union County will be receiving 300 doses this week of the COVID-19 vaccine. This continuous distribution of COVID-19 vaccines has helped Union County Public Health to steadily work through the tiers that IDPH has instructed Union County Public Health and Greater Regional Health to do.

This Thursday, February 25th and Friday, February 26th, Union County Public Health will be able to do two clinics for the 65+ eligible population due to the increase in COVID-19 vaccines getting sent to Union County.

Remember to get signed up for the vaccine you must be within the eligible group of 65 years and older.

You must then sign up either two ways, online form that is available on the Greater Regional Health website

 www.greaterregional.org) or call the COVID-19 vaccine hotline number on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s from 12:00pm to 2:00pm. The hotline number is (641) 745-0124.

If you have received your vaccine from another location and have also signed up on our list, please go to Greater Regional Health’s website to remove your name from the list, selecting the name removal form.

For more information and updates go to www.greaterregional.org.

Vaccine Allotment to Increase for Union County

(February 11, 2021) CRESTON, IA- Union County Public Health and Greater Regional Health have received information from Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) regarding number of doses being allocated to Union County Public Health for disbursement.

Continuing through the month of February, Union County Public Health will receive 200 doses each week. This allocation will allow Union County Public Health to set up COVID-19 clinics for Union County’s population of 65+ and continue to work through the tiers in Phase 1b as communicated by IDPH.

Union County Public Health and Greater Regional Health are excited about this positive news of working through the tiers and 65+ population with these consistent doses of vaccine allotment.

As a reminder, for the 65+ population if you would like to receive a vaccine, please sign up online at www.greaterregional.org or call the hotline on Tuesday and Thursdays from noon to 2pm at (641)745-0124. Once you have signed up for the waiting list, Union County Public Health will reach out to you to schedule an appointment.

Union County Public Health is dependent on the number of doses sent each week and will diligently work to get all vaccinated as quickly as the doses are made available.  The demand for vaccine is far more than the doses made available at this time.  We appreciate your patience as we work through this process.  Union County Public Health and Greater Regional Health are committed to vaccinating all who want to have this vaccine, as quickly as possible.

To be transparent, Union County Public Health and Greater Regional Health will continue to communicate updates regarding doses and distribution. As of February 11th, Union County Public Health is still working through the first tier of Phase 1b, notification of moving to the next tier will be communicated.

Two Ways to Sign Up for the COVID-19 Vaccine

(February 8, 2021) CRESTON, IA-Union County Public Health and Greater Regional Health are excited to announce 200 additional doses will be allocated to us this week. With these additional doses being received Union County Public Health will continue to work through Phase 1b, tier group one and vaccinate more individuals from our 65+ population group.

Our process continues to evolve as we work through this challenging situation of supply and demand.

As of February 8th, 2021, there will be two ways of being able to sign up to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

The first way, and most encouraged, is to go online and register. The link can be found on Greater Regional Health’s Facebook page on Greater Regional Health’s website in the orange bar at the very top of the screen.

The second way, for those without internet access to still have an opportunity to get on the list is to call the COVID-19 hotline number on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s from noon to 2 p.m. The hotline number is (641) 745-0124.

This list is an opportunity for you to sign up to receive a COVID-19 vaccine when supply becomes available. Union County Public Health will call you to schedule your vaccine appointment. Appointments will be scheduled as doses become available.

Union County Public Health and Greater Regional Health will continue to be transparent in this process and will continue to inform the public when doses are received and how many. Union County Public Health will continue to work through the list of eligible 65+ as well as all five tiers within Phase 1b as doses come in.

Vaccine Appointments Filled

(February 4,2021) CRESTON,IA- As of 3:50 pm all available appointments for the COVID-19 vaccine on February 8th have been filled. The hotline will be closed, and no names will be taken on a waiting list.

 

Union County Public Health and Greater Regional Health are eager to hear from Iowa Department of Public Health when more doses of the vaccine will arrive for Union County.

 

Communication will be sent out immediately when we are informed of more doses, as we continue to be transparent with the process. We appreciate your patience and understanding.

 

We understand the frustrations that the amount of appointments available did not meet the needs of all who wanted the vaccine. Please have patience as we await more doses. Stay informed. Continue to look to Greater Regional Health’s website for up to the minute information.

Union County Receives an Additional 200 Doses of COVID-19 Vaccine

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(February 3, 2021) CRESTON, IA- Union County Public Health has received an additional 200 doses of the COVID-19 Vaccine. This will help to start expanding our reach of eligible vaccine individuals in Tier 1 of Priority Group 1B, as well as, open up vaccine appointments to a small portion of our 65+ population.

Please remember we have only 200 additional doses and the eligible population well over exceeds 200, please have patience with us.

On Thursday, February 4th, we will open the COVID Vaccine Hotline at noon to make appointments for the following Monday, February 8th.

The number to call for an appointment is (641) 782-3667. The hotline will close when all 200 appointments have been filled.

This information will be shared with local radio stations, the Creston News Advertiser, local pharmacies, social media, and Greater Regional Health’s website.

Union County Public Health and Greater Regional Health want an equal opportunity for those with internet access or not to be able to call the hotline to request an appointment. Please work together as a community to share this important information.

PLEASE BE AWARE. The 200 additional doses again will not cover all those who want the vaccine. Please have patience and understanding as Union County Public Health awaits more vaccines. When we know more information regarding the continued supply of vaccines being allocated, we will share this information with you.

Thank you for your continued support as we work through this process.

Union County Public Health Receives 100 Doses of COVID-19 Vaccine for Phase 1b

(February 1, 2021) Creston, IA- February 1st, 2021 is the date the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) is opening Phase 1b groups for vaccination. Reminder the tier groups are as follows:

  1. Tier One

    1. First Responders (e.g., firefighters, police officers, and child welfare social workers)

    2. Prekindergarten-12th grade staff, early childhood education and childcare workers.

  2. Tier Two

    1. Frontline essential workers in food, agriculture and manufacturing sectors who live or work in nonsocial distanced settings.

  3. Tier Three

    1. Government officials, including staff, doing business at the State Capitol.

    2. Staff and people living in congregate settings not covered by a previous phase or tier.

  4. Tier Four

    1. Inspectors responsible for health, life and safety.

  5. Tier Five

    1. Correctional facility staff and those incarcerated.

Please note, those aged 65+ can occur during any tier.

Union County Public Health’s biggest challenge is the limited doses being distributed to them. On the afternoon of Friday, January 29th, we received 100 doses for Phase 1b.

Union County Public Health has been notified we will be given another 200 doses at a later date.

Those who qualify in Tier 1b Union County population group equal well over 300 individuals. Patience is requested by all. Union County Public Health and Greater Regional Health are passionate and committed to getting all individuals who want to be vaccinated as quickly as we can.

 

Please help by informing your loved ones to watch/listen to the follow areas of media where we will continue to provide up to date information:

  1. Creston News Advertiser

  2. Afton Star Enterprise

  3. KSIB radio

  4. KSCI radio

  5. KMA radio

  6. Facebook (www.facebook.com/greaterregional)

    1. Go and start following us now so you are in the know.

  7. Twitter (@greaterregional)

  8. Greater Regional Health website (www.greaterregional.org)

  • Please be familiar with the Greater Regional Health website under the COVID tab where we release up to date information regarding the status of the vaccine and what the public needs to do to be prepared.

  • Newsletter from the Marketing Director at Greater Regional Health. Subscribe on Greater Regional Health’s website.

 

At this time Union County Public Health must follow the IDPH’s guidelines to open Phase 1b by starting to vaccinate within Tier 1.

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The latest information from the IDPH regarding Phase 1b as of January 25, 2021. 

Greater Regional Health and Union County Public Health Announces Phase 1b of the COVID-19 Vaccination Process

(January 22, 2020) Creston, IA- Greater Regional Health and Union County Public Health announces the distribution of Phase 1b will start in the next few weeks.  Greater Regional Health and Union County Public Health follows the recommendations from the Iowa Department of Public Health and CDC for distribution of Phase 1b.

Phase 1b in order of priority will go through 5 tiers. Tier 1 will include first responders (firefighters, police officers, and child welfare social workers). Tier 2 includes food, agriculture distribution and manufacturing workers who work in or live in congregate settings that do not allow for social distancing. Also, individuals with disabilities living in home settings and their direct care staff. Tier 3 are staff of and individuals living in congregate settings (this does not include college dormitories). Also, government officials to ensure continuity of government including staff, engaged in state business at the Iowa capitol during the legislative session.  Tier 4 includes inspectors responsible for hospital, long-term care, and child safety. Tier 5 includes correctional facility staff and individual incarcerated.

Persons aged 65 and older are eligible for the vaccine during any tier.

Phase 1b begins within February 2021.

Organization of distribution will take time for planning and execution. Distributing the vaccine is high importance and we are asking the public to understand there will be limited numbers of vaccine doses available, however as we continue through 2021 we will continue to see more doses.

When receiving the COVID-19 vaccine the participant must be aware of the following pre-vaccination checklist:

  1. Are you feeling sick the day of vaccination?

  2. Have you ever received a dose of COVID-19 vaccine? 3) Have you ever had a severe allergic reaction to something?

  3. Have you received passive antibody therapy as a treatment for COVID-19?

  4. Have you received another vaccine in the last 14 days?

  5. Have you had a positive test for COVID-19?

  6. Do you have a weakened immune system?

  7. Do you have a bleeding disorder or taking blood thinner?

  8. Are you pregnant or breastfeeding?

Everyone at Greater Regional Health and Union County Public Health appreciates the public’s patience and understanding as we move forward to Phase 1b of the vaccination process. At this time please do not call Union County Public Health to be put on a waiting list for the vaccine. Union County Public Health and Greater Regional Health will communicate when the vaccine supply is received. An announcement will then be made regarding clinic dates and the phone number to call to schedule an appointment to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Any questions concerning the vaccination process please refer to the CDC by going to their website and looking over the following website https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/recommendations.html. Or by calling the CDC hotline at 1-800-232-4636.

Phase 1a

December 2020/January 2021

Union County Provides COVID-19 Vaccine Update

(January 5, 2021) Following the Emergency Use Authorization of both the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) is partnering with county public health departments to begin vaccinating Iowans. Both vaccines are currently being administered in Iowa to the Phase 1A priority populations of health care personnel and long-term care residents and staff.

As more vaccines become available, Iowa’s Infectious Disease Advisory Council (IDAC), will review guidance issued by the CDC’s advisory group the Advisory Council on Immunization Practices (ACIP) to further prioritize populations to receive the vaccine in Iowa. IDAC is currently reviewing ACIP recommendations for Phase 1B and 1C priority populations.

“Union County Public Health is working with facilities in our county to allocate vaccine doses to the Phase 1A priority populations. Union County Public Health will continue to provide updates for other priority populations as we receive additional allocations of vaccine. While right now, the vaccine is being made available to the priority populations, it is anticipated that by mid-2021, there should be enough vaccine for anyone who wants to receive it,” said Union County Public Health Nurse Robin Sevier.

“Union County Public Health is not taking names to be placed on a wait list for the vaccine. Please look for more information to come in the following weeks about vaccinating the public when the IDAC advises for that phase,” Sevier continued to comment.

Until vaccine is widely available to all, it is critical that Iowans continue to practice the mitigation measures that can slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

 

  • Wearing a mask or face covering

  • Practice social distancing with those outside your household

  • Clean your hands frequently with soap and water

  • Stay home if you feel sick

For information and updates related to COVID-19, visit https://idph.iowa.gov/Emerging-Health-Issues/Novel-Coronavirus/Vaccine and follow IDPH on Facebook (@IowaDepartmentofPublicHealth) and Twitter (@IAPublicHealth).

(December 14th, 2020) Creston, IA- Union County Public Health and Greater Regional Health want to continue to be transparent with the access and distribution of the COVID-19 vaccination process. We continue to receive encouraging news regarding the COVID-19 vaccine, which is a critical milestone during the pandemic-especially for healthcare workers.

When a COVID-19 vaccine is authorized by Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), vaccination in the initial phase of COVID-19 vaccination program (Phase 1a)  should be offered to both 1) healthcare personnel and 2) residents of long-term care facilities.

When Union County Public Health receives the doses, our goal is to vaccinate as many healthcare team members as possible in a safe and efficient way.

Union County Public health was notified that Union County will be allocated 400 does of Moderna vaccine. We anticipate that doses could be available as soon as the week of December 21st. Once we receive our allotted numbers of doses, we will move quickly.

As vaccine availability increases Union County Public Health and Greater Regional Health will be in communication to the public when community vaccinations for COVID-19 can occur. Please continue to stay diligent and do what is best for you and your loved ones while the phases of the vaccination process develop. For more questions about the COVID-19 vaccination distribution process or about the vaccine please go to www.greaterregional.org.

We understand this is a confusing time and that news regarding COVID-19 is constantly developing and changing. A lot of unknowns remain and as it continues to dominate headlines, be assured that Greater Regional Health is committed to the health and safety of our patients, staff and community. To read more on what Greater Regional Health is doing, click here.