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Johnson Co. easing vaccination process for refugees

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For Johnson County refugees, the road to get vaccinated is becoming that much easier.

Johnson Co. Public Health is partnering with the Iowa City Free Medical Clinic which means refugees won't have to ever leave the county to complete their vaccination paperwork. 

Previously, Johnson Co. was able to administer vaccinations to refugees but they couldn't complete the I-693 form, only a civil surgeon could. Only Linn and Polk County had civil surgeons. 

"Linn Co., they're so busy and it could take a month or more sometimes to be able to get an appointment to this service and then Polk Co. is a significant distance away. A lot of the refugees may not have steady transportation or their own vehicle," Jake Riley, Johnson Co. Disease Prevention Specialist, said.

That's why they've partnered with Cecillia Norris with the free medical clinic to act as the county's civil surgeon.

Refugees do have the option to seek out a private physician but the costs can climb. Using a public health department clinic is often more affordable. For Johnson Co., refugees can get vaccinated and their paperwork completed for only a $15 fee.

To make an appointment, refugees need to call (319) 356-6042. Appointments only run on Wednesdays until 5 p.m.

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