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Transportation tickets available for COVID-19 vaccine appointments

By Bob Steenson,

Floyd County Public Health in cooperation with the Charles City Transit Service is offering Floyd County residents free transportation tickets to and from COVID-19 vaccine appointments.

And the number of adults in the county who have received at least one dose of vaccine has now passed the halfway point, according to state information.

The free transportation tickets are available to people who reside anywhere in Floyd County, the Public Health department announced Thursday. Residents may receive the vaccine at any location offering COVID vaccine within Floyd County or the surrounding area.

To receive the transportation tickets and to schedule a transit ride, call the Transit Line at 641-715-1314 and request the free transit ticket to and from your COVID-19 vaccination appointment.

Floyd County Public Health has Moderna vaccine available for anyone who is 18 years of age or older. To schedule an appointment call the Public Health office at 641-257-6111 or sign up on the webpage at

COVID-19 vaccinations are free, regardless of where they are received.

Cynthia Uetz, owner and pharmacist at Main Street Drug in Charles City, said she continues to offer COVID-19 vaccinations, but the number of people getting them has fallen off in the last couple of weeks.

People can pick their appointment time for Main Street Drug by going to and clicking the big red “Scheduled Your COVID-19 Vaccination Appointment Here” button about half way down the page.

Uetz said she has given a total of about 2,500 vaccinations since the vaccine became available.

She is now offering the Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine, although she said she also has the Moderna for those who want that or who need their second boost dose.

“I’m still encouraging people to get it,” she said about the COVID-19 vaccination. “Do your research, then come in.”

Hy-Vee has announced that all Hy-Vee pharmacy locations now offer COVID-19 vaccines with no appointment necessary. Persons can walk in and receive the vaccine when it’s convenient.

For those who prefer to make a vaccine appointment in advance, that option is still available by visiting, selecting “Find Appointments” and completing the digital vaccine informed consent form and appointment selection.

According to information on the official state COVID-19 data site,, 43.2% of the adult residents of Floyd County are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

That includes 4,927 persons who have received both doses of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, and 288 persons who have received the single-dose Johnson & Johnson, for a total of 5,215 fully vaccinated out of the 12,076 persons age 18 and older who live in the county, according to the latest census estimate.

A total of 50.5% of Floyd County adult residents are either fully vaccinated or have received at least the first of a two-dose vaccination, the state website says.

Those calculations are likely off by a small amount, because persons age 16 and 17 have also been eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine for a while now, and the census population number is an estimate, not based on the actual latest count.

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