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Friday, December 18, 2020 - Mercy Iowa City COVID-19 Vaccine Update

Mercy Iowa City is actively preparing to receive the COVID-19 vaccine both from Pfizer and Moderna, however there will not be enough for everyone to get it right away.

Mercy Iowa City will begin to administer the vaccine and prioritize its health care providers, based on recommendations from the CDC. The National Institutes of Health has identified groups at the top of list also include residents of long-term care facilities, essential workers, high risk populations including older adults and people with underlying medical conditions. We anticipate vaccines may be more widely available by spring or summer 2021.

As more vaccine doses become available, we will work with our community partners to ensure everyone who wants a vaccine can receive it. We will provide additional information to our patients and the community as it becomes available. Mercy Iowa City knows it will receive a limited number of vaccines to distribute in phases, in accordance with guidelines from IDPH and the CDC.

To learn more about COVID-19 vaccines, view the MercyOne COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions or visit the CDC or FDA websites.

Mercy Iowa City continues to promote and follow current safety measures until the vaccine is more broadly available. People who are vaccinated must also stay committed to CDC safety guidelines until there is widespread vaccination.

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About Mercy Iowa City

Mercy Iowa City is an acute care hospital and regional referral center for southeast Iowa. Mercy has received: the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) 5 Star Rating as a Top 2% of all hospitals for the 4th consecutive year, the only hospital in Iowa to do so; the Fortune IBM/Watson Health 100 Top Hospital ranking; the Fortune IBM/Watson Health 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospital ranking; the accredited Chest Pain Center with the American Heart Association Gold Plus Achievement Award for Stroke Care; the Top 100 Community Hospitals Award in 2018 and 2019 from Becker’s Review; the Press Ganey Guardian of Excellence Award for Mercy’s Emergency Care Unit by achieving 95 percent for patient experience for 13 consecutive years; and the Center of Distinction Award from Healogics for Mercy’s Wound and Vein Center. Mercy has 194 acute care beds, 25 private rooms for outpatient surgery, a 26-bed nursery with Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, 28 primary and specialty care clinics, a medical staff of 250 physicians representing all major medical specialties and most subspecialties, and 1,350 employees. It was founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1873 and became an affiliate of MercyOne in 2017. To learn more visit www.mercyiowacity.org.