Test Iowa, the state’s free COVID-19 testing program has transitioned from offering COVID-19 testing at drive through locations throughout the state to self-administered kits. Now, Iowans may choose to pick up a test kit from a local site or have a kit sent to their home at no cost. Each test kit includes step-by-step instructions including how to activate the test kit, collect the test sample, return the sample the State Hygienic Lab and when to expect the results.
Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon is a pick-up site for these at-home test kits. Kits are available at the main entrance of the hospital, from the receptionist desk, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekends and holidays.
According to the Iowa Department of Public Health, the best way to protect yourself against COVID-19 is to get vaccinated. The risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19 far outweighs any benefits of natural immunity. COVID-19 can have serious, life threatening complications and there is no way to know how it will affect anyone.
The COVID-19 vaccine, which is readily available locally, creates an antibody (immune system) response without having to experience sickness.
Allamakee County Public Health does have a good supply of vaccine and is highly encouraging everyone to receive it. Vaccine clinics are readily available every Friday afternoon for both prime and boost doses for Moderna. These are held at the main entrance to Veterans Memorial Hospital. Please call 563-568-5660 to schedule.
Both Hartig Drug and Nightingale Pharmacy in Waukon have vaccine available for ages 12 and older. Parental/ Guardian consent is required. Please call ahead to schedule an appointment.
Please watch the Veterans Memorial Hospital website at www.veteransmemorialhospital.com and the Veterans Memorial Hospital Facebook page for upcoming clinic details.