Hegg Health Center offers both PCR and Antigen testing for the identification of COVID-19. If you believe you should be tested because you have symptoms of COVID-19 or believed you were exposed to COVID-19, please contact your primary care provider to determine which test is appropriate for you. * Availability and turnaround time maybe impacted during high volume periods.
Screening home test kits are available for free: https://www.testiowa.com/en#find-a-pick-up-site.
Protect Yourself and Others from COVID-19. Get vaccinated.
COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. Get the full series of doses to ensure you are fully protected.
COVID-19 Vaccine Q&A
When can I get a vaccine?
This vaccine is new, how do we know it's safe?
The vaccines authorized by the FDA are safe. They have met the FDA’s high safety standards, and have been reviewed by independent scientists in public meetings.
What are the long-term effects of the COVID-19 vaccine?
There is no evidence that any COVID-19 vaccine will any cause long-term effects.
I'm immunocompromised. How do I know if I should get a COVID-19 vaccine booster?
Immunocompromised includes those who:
- Have been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood.
- Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system.
- Received a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system.
- Have moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome).
- Have advanced or untreated HIV infection.
- Have active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune response.
Only mRNA vaccines are approved as boosters for immunocompromised people. You should try to get the same brand of shot if you got two doses of the mRNA vaccine the first time. You should wait at least 28 days after your first two doses to get the third dose.
I'm pregnant. Is the vaccine safe for me and my baby?
There are no signs that the vaccine is unsafe in pregnancy.
I am a nursing mom. Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe for me and my baby?
There are no signs that the vaccine is unsafe for breastfeeding moms, and there are no signs that the vaccine is a risk to breastfeeding infants.
I've already had COVID-19, why do I need the vaccine?
The latest scientific data has shown us that unvaccinated individuals who were previously infected with COVID-19 are still twice as likely to become infected by the Delta variant.
If children aren't at high risk of getting severely ill from COVID, why should I vaccinate my child?
With the rise of the Delta variant across the U.S., COVID cases have shifted to younger ages, with more than 200 children hospitalized a day.
Children who have been vaccinated are less likely to:
- Pass COVID along to more high-risk people,
- Miss school due to COVID,
- Be pulled from sports and other activities due to COVID,
- Miss days at their after-school job and other obligations due to COVID.
According to the CDC, while children are less likely to develop severe illness from COVID-19, they are still at risk of complications like respiratory failure, heart inflammation, shock, kidney failure, and Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (or MIS-C).
COVID-19 Vaccine Booster
Hegg Health Center has the COVID-19 Vaccine Booster available. Please speak with your primary care provider if you are interested in receiving this vaccine booster.
Protect Yourself and Others from COVID-19
Side effects like headache, fatigue, muscle aches, and mild fever are all common and show that the vaccine is working to build immunity. If you experience more serious symptoms after your vaccination, contact your clinic or primary care provider, either by phone or by sending a message through AveraChart. Your primary care provider has the best understanding of your health history.
In a true emergency, dial 911.