COVID-19 Information (vaccine, test kits)

Test Iowa:
At-Home COVID-19 Test Kits. 

  • Buchanan County Public Health is a pick up site for at-home COVID-19 tests.
    (Office hours: Mon-Thurs 7:30 to 3:30; Fri 7:30 to 3:00)  Please call prior to entry to building:  319-332-0860
    1413 First Street West, Independence, Iowa  50644
  • Test kits can also be requested by going online at: 
  • If you do not have computer or smartphone access you can call the State Hygienic Lab Call Center : 833-286-8378 and they can ship directly to your home. 

Coronavirus Vaccination Distribution   
There are currently three vaccines approved for use:
Vaccine updatePfizer:  12 & Older 
Moderna:  18 & Older 
Johnson & Johnson: 18 & Older 

Where to find Vaccine in Buchanan County:  
    COVID-19 Vaccine Information 

Primary Care Provider Offices:  

  • BCHC: Medical Associates and Jesup 
  • MercyOne: Jesup, Fairbank and Independence
  • Regional Family Health - Winthrop

Pharmacy Locations: 

  • Independence:  Hartig Drug;  Wal-Mart Pharmacy-Independence
  • Oelwein:  BCHC Oelwein Pharmacy;  Hy-Vee Dollar Fresh

Buchanan County Public Health will follow ACIP, CDC, IDPH and IDAC guidance for all COVID-19 vaccine rollouts.  

 View Iowa COVID-19 Vaccine Doses Administered Report, HERE.

September 2021
*09/13/2021 - COVID-19 Vaccine 3rd Dose
March 2021
* 3/2/2021 - COVID-19 Vaccination Guidelines Phase 1B Tier 2 (Group1 & 2 - defined)
* 3/5/2021- Iowans with Underlying Conditions Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine
 3/17/2021 - Buchanan County Public Health COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics

February 2021
*2/3/2021 - Vaccines Available at Select Walgreens and CVS Locations for Iowans Age 65 and Older  
*2/4/2021 - Buchanan County Public Health Releases COVID-19 Vaccination Update for Phase 1B
*2/15/2021- Update from the Buchanan County Public Health Director

January 2021
*1/12/2021 - Iowa Moves Forward with Vaccination Campaign
* 1/19/2021 - Buchanan County COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout* (graphic updated 1/21)
*1/21/2021 - Phase 1B - Infographic - Vaccine Distribution to Priority Populations
*1/21/2021 - COVID-19 Vaccine Shortage Order Phase 1

December 2021
12/15/2020 - 8 Things to know about the U.S. COVID-19 Vaccination Program  (Source:
12/10/2020 - Vaccine Allocation Update
*12/30/20 - Buchanan County Receives COVID-19 Vaccine

What We Know
  • There continues to be a limited supply of COVID-19 vaccines, but supply will continually increase in the weeks and months that follow.
  • Experts are working on how to distribute these limited vaccines in a fair, ethical, and transparent way and to the highest priority groups first. When a COVID-19 vaccine is authorized by FDA and recommended by ACIP, vaccination in the initial phase of the COVID-19 vaccination program (Phase 1a) should be offered to both 1) healthcare personnel and 2) residents of long-term care facilities. This recommendation has been adopted by the CDC Director. Learn more
  • At first, COVID-19 vaccines may not be recommended for children. In early clinical trials for various COVID-19 vaccines, only non-pregnant adults participated. However, clinical trials continue to expand those recruited to participate. The groups recommended to receive the vaccines could change in the future. 
  • Cost will not be an obstacle to getting vaccinated against COVID-19. Vaccine doses purchased with U.S. taxpayer dollars will be given to the American people at no cost. However, vaccine providers will be able to charge administration fees for giving or administering the shot to someone. Vaccine providers can get this fee reimbursed by the patient’s public or private insurance company or, for uninsured patients, by the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Provider Relief Fund.
  • Until we reach a critical level of inoculation, we all need to continue to wear masks, social distance, and wash our hands frequently. These actions are still our fist line of defense against the virus.
  • We expect misinformation, and disinformation, about the vaccine to become increasingly common. Learn how to spot it and where to go for accurate information on COVID-19 vaccine. Think before you share! Inaccurate information spreads widely and at speed, making it more difficult for the public to identify verified facts and advice from trusted sources. 

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