COVID-19 Vaccination Information
Updated May 7, 2021
COVID-19 Vaccination Appointment Opportunities
Clay County Public Health and Avera Medical Group Spencer (AMGS) are teaming up to offer COVID-19 vaccination opportunities each week. Scheduling for this joint clinic is coordinated through Clay County Public Health, either using the online scheduling link or calling public health at (712) 264-6380.
Vaccines Available: Moderna and Johnson & Johnson
Routinely, Clay County Public Health/AMGS has the Moderna vaccine available, which is a 2-dose series, 28 days a part. Currently, both Moderna and a limited supply of Johnson & Johnson vaccine are available. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is a single-dose, one-time vaccination.
Use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine was temporarily paused earlier in April after the vaccine was linked to a few patients who reported a rare and serious blood clot after receiving a dose of the vaccine. However, on Friday, April 23, the CDC and FDA lifted the pause of J&J after completing a review of reports and adverse events. Anyone considering receiving a Johnson & Johnson vaccine is encouraged to review the Fact Sheet for Recipients and Caregivers, prior to scheduling and receiving a dose of Johnson & Johnson.
Schedule your first or second dose of Moderna vaccine or your Johnson & Johnson vaccine (while supplies last), using this link: COVID-19 Vaccination Schedule
Several local pharmacies also have vaccine and are accepting appointments. Several of the pharmacies have the Pfizer vaccine available, which is approved for anyone age 16 and older. Please use the links below to access the websites of our local pharmacies.
Boost (Second-Dose) Clinics Continue:
If you have had your first dose of vaccine, we look forward to seeing you for your second dose appointment.
Tune into any of the Spencer Radio Group stations - KICDAM 1240, More 104.9, Big Country 107.7 or News 102.5 - on Saturday mornings at 7:50 AM for a local COVID-19 update. Listen at 7:50 AM or 4:20 PM each Monday to Y100 for an update during the "Doctor in the House" segment.
When I am scheduled to be vaccinated, what will I need to do?
- Please print and complete the vaccine consent form for your first dose, available here:
- Bring your driver's license or ID which shows your date of birth
- If you are eligible to be vaccinated because of your occupation, please bring proof of employment, such as an employee ID
- Plan on 20-30 minutes for your appointment as you will be observed for 15 minutes after your vaccination. Please be on time (not early or late) as appointments are designed to allow for social distancing. Wear a mask to your appointment.
Other Vaccination Appointment Opportunities
Area healthcare partners such as local pharmacies will receive vaccine. Please be advised that pharmacies also receive limited supplies of vaccine, which means their schedule may also fill quickly and not reflect appointment availability. Please remember, Iowa pharmacies also follow Iowa Department of Public Health eligibility guidelines.
How will I know the COVID-19 vaccine works?
The COVID-19 vaccine gives your immune system a preview of the coronavirus, so it learns how to stop it. It triggers antibodies in your blood to attack the virus’s unique spike protein.
Your immune system learns from the vaccine how to quickly recognize the actual virus and stop it from multiplying. The idea is to stop SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, from getting into cells, replicating itself and making you sick. For more information on mRNA COVID-19 vaccines, click here: Understanding mRNA COVID-19 Vaccines
Currently, Clay County Public Health is administering the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. Learn more about this vaccine here: Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine
What are the side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine?
The most common side effects are pain/redness at the injection site. Some people also may experience headache, fatigue, muscle/joint aches, and low-grade fever. Most side effects last less than 24 hours, although the arm in which you receive the injection may be tender for a few days. It's estimated 10-15 percent of those who receive the vaccine experience side effects in addition to injection-site tenderness. You will have the option to sign up for a national database for reporting side effects: V-Safe Information Sheet Also, here's information on what to expect after being vaccinated: What to Expect After Getting a COVID-19 Vaccination
Frequently Asked Questions
The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) routinely updates its list of frequently asked questions and answers, with new information being added when confirmed. Click here for answers to many commonly asked questions: CDC - Frequently Asked Questions