COVID-19 Vaccinations

Protect yourself, your family, and your community.

Vaccines will help bring the COVID-19 pandemic to an end. 


Available data right now show that all three of the COVID-19 vaccines approved or authorized in the United States continue to be highly effective in reducing risk of severe disease, hospitalization, and death, even against the widely circulating Delta variant. Vaccination remains the best way to protect yourself and reduce the spread of the virus and help prevent new variants from emerging.

Everyone 5 years of age and older is eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccination. Please get vaccinated when you can.  Majol  |  Español

CDC Approves Pfizer Vaccinations for Children Age 5-11

The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted unanimously on Nov. 2 to recommend the use of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5–11.  This follows the decision by the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) to authorize emergency use of the vaccine for the prevention of COVID-19 to include children in this age group.

The Dubuque County Public Health Incident Management Team has been working with local vaccine providers in preparation for this announcement and vaccinations are under way.

  • Local pediatricians and healthcare providers are sharing details on their vaccination plans on their websites and social media channels.
  • Local pharmacies are offering vaccinations for children in this age group. 
  • The Dubuque Visiting Nurses Association (VNA) is offering these vaccines at its walk-in clinics. See clinic details below.
  • Please note that children MUST be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to receive these vaccinations.

Booster Guidance for All Three Vaccines

As of Nov. 19, 2021, everyone 18 years and older is eligible for a COVID-19 booster shot. According to the latest CDC guidance, some groups should get a booster, and some groups may get a booster based on assessment of their individual risks and benefits. CDC recommendations on booster doses are based on the latest data with the goal of ensuring that people have optimal protection against COVID-19 infection, severe illness, and death.

People who should get a booster:

  • All Johnson & Johnson recipients age 18 and older, at least 2 months after initial shot
  • All Moderna and Pfizer recipients age 50 and older, at least 6 months after second shot
  • All residents age 18 and older in long-term care settings

People who may get a booster:

  • All adults age 18 and older, at least 6 months after completing their primary series of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.

The CDC’s clinical guidance advises people to get the same booster as their initial vaccine, but allows people to mix and match (i.e. get a different COVID-19 booster than their initial vaccine) depending on availability or if they choose to.

The vaccines work. The COVID-19 vaccines continue to be highly effective in reducing risk of severe disease, hospitalization, and death, including against the delta variant. CDC data show that in August 2021, the risk of dying from COVID-19 in the U.S. was more than 11 times greater for unvaccinated people than for fully vaccinated people. However, scientists are starting to see reduced protection against mild and moderate disease, especially among certain populations. This waning of the efficacy of the vaccine is the reason for the new guidance on booster doses.

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Vaccination Clinics


Monday, Nov. 29, Noon – 7 p.m.

Dubuque County Emergency Responder Training Facility, 14928 Public Safety Way, Dubuque

Walk-in vaccinations and boosters of Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson for ADULTS and pediatric Pfizer for CHILDREN AGES 5-11.

Monday, Nov. 29, 3 - 6:30 p.m.

MercyOne at Farley Elementary School, 405 3rd Ave NE, Farley

Pediatric Pfizer clinic for CHILDREN AGES 5-11. Appointments required. See details.

Thursday, Dec. 2, 3 – 6 p.m.

Dubuque Visiting Nurses Association, 660 Iowa St., Dubuque

Walk-in vaccinations and boosters of Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson for ADULTS and pediatric Pfizer for CHILDREN AGES 5-11.

Friday, Dec. 3, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Dubuque Visiting Nurses Association, 660 Iowa St., Dubuque

Walk-in vaccinations and boosters of Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson for ADULTS and pediatric Pfizer for CHILDREN AGES 5-11.

Monday, Dec. 6, 4 – 7 p.m.

Dubuque Visiting Nurses Association, 660 Iowa St., Dubuque

Walk-in boosters and vaccinations of Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson administered by the Dubuque Visiting Nurses Association.

Friday, Dec. 10, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Dubuque Visiting Nurses Association, 660 Iowa St., Dubuque

Walk-in vaccinations and boosters of Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson for ADULTS and pediatric Pfizer for CHILDREN AGES 5-11.

Thursday, Dec. 16, 3 - 6:30 p.m.

MercyOne at Cascade Elementary School, 110 Harrison St., Cascade

Pediatric Pfizer clinic for CHILDREN AGES 5-11. Appointments required. See details.

Friday, Dec. 17, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Dubuque Visiting Nurses Association, 660 Iowa St., Dubuque

Walk-in vaccinations and boosters of Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson for ADULTS and pediatric Pfizer for CHILDREN AGES 5-11.

Friday, Dec. 17, 3 - 6:30 p.m.

MercyOne at Dyersville Elementary School, 813 12th Ave SW, Dyersville

Pediatric Pfizer clinic for CHILDREN AGES 5-11. Appointments required. See details.

Vaccination Appointments & Walk-Ins

Crescent Community Health Center
1690 Elm St #300, Dubuque, IA 52001  |  Visit Website
Walk-ins are available during operating hours. 

CVS Pharmacy (Target)
3500 Dodge Street, Dubuque, IA 52003  |  Visit Website
Walk-ins are available during operating hours. 

Dubuque County Visiting Nurse Association
660 Iowa Street, Dubuque, IA 52001  |  Visit Website
Walk-ins are available during operating hours. 

Epic Health & Wellness
1075 Cedar Cross Road Suite 1, Dubuque, IA 52003
Appointment required for COVID-19 vaccination.
Schedule an appointment online at www.epichealth.net 

Grand River Medical Group Acute Clinic & Urgent Care
Providing vaccines through appointment only at clinic locations. |  Visit Website  

Hartig Drug - All Pharmacy Locations
Walk-ins are available at all locations during operating hours.  |  Visit Website 

Hy-Vee - All Dubuque Pharmacy Locations
Walk-ins are available at all locations during operating hours.  |  Visit Website 

INFOCUS Pharmacy
1690 Elm Street Suite 200, Dubuque, IA 52001  |  Visit Website
Walk-ins are available during operating hours. 

Medical Associates East & West Clinic
East Campus: 100 Langworthy Street, Dubuque, IA 52001
West Campus: 1500 Associates Drive, Dubuque, IA 52002
Patients can call 563-584-3200 to schedule an appointment. | Visit Website 

MercyOne
All locations including Dyersville and Cascade Pharmacy  |  Visit Website
Walk-ins are available at all locations during operating hours. 

Unity Point Health/Finley
All Primary Care Clinics including Peosta Pharmacy  |  Visit Website
Walk-ins are available at all locations during operating hours. 

PEDIATRIC VACCINATIONS: Those interested in having their 5-11 year-old child vaccinated for COVID-19 may contact one of the UnityPoint clinic locations below:

  • UnityPoint Clinic Family Medicine – Pennsylvania Avenue | (563) 588-8060
  • UnityPoint Clinic Family Medicine and Walk-In Care – Peosta | (563) 557-2920
  • UnityPoint Clinic Family Medicine and Walk-In Care – Cascade | (563) 852-5050

Walgreens
All Pharmacy Locations  |  Visit Website
Walk-ins are available at all locations during operating hours. 

Walmart Pharmacy
4200 Dodge Street, Dubuque, IA 52003  |  Visit Website
Walk-ins are available during operating hours. 

Sleeves Up! Phone Number: 563-690-MAKE

Need assistance making a vaccination appointment?
Dubuque county residents who need assistance making a vaccination appointment can call 563-690-MAKE (6253). Vaccine navigators will help residents find local vaccination opportunities and waiting lists provided by Dubuque County healthcare providers and pharmacies as well as public clinics when they are offered. If all call center lines are busy, the call will be transferred to voicemail where callers can leave their contact information for a return call. The Sleeves Up! call center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday - Friday. 

Free Rides to Vaccine Clinic

Need transportation to a vaccination clinic appointment?
Dubuque County Regional Transit Authority (RTA) is providing free rides to COVID-19 vaccine clinic appointments. RTA services are open to the general public and available to persons of all income levels. All vehicles are wheelchair accessible. Please schedule your free ride as soon as your appointment is confirmed with the vaccine clinic and a minimum of 24 hours in advance. To schedule, call 563-588-4592 or 1-800-839-5005 (toll free) or dial 711 for Relay Iowa. All trip requests are subject to RTA availability.