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Iowa to open COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to all on Monday

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds gives an update on the state's COVID-19 response on Wednesday morning,...
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds gives an update on the state's COVID-19 response on Wednesday morning, March 31, 2021.
Published: Mar. 31, 2021 at 9:26 AM CDT
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JOHNSTON, Iowa (WOWT) - Gov. Kim Reynolds said Wednesday morning that Iowa would open COVID-19 vaccination appointments to all eligible Iowans on Monday.

The governor said the state will open appointments to all eligible Iowans ages 16 and older for Pfizer doses and 18 and older for Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccinations. The governor also noted that Pfizer reported Wednesday that its clinical trials in young people have been positive so far.

Reynolds said 1.52 million doses had been administered to Iowans ages 18 and older, ranking the state fifth in the nation. Across the state, 40% of Iowans ages 18 and older have been vaccinated, making the state 17th in the nation for that category; and 85% of Iowans ages 65 and older have had at least dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

In total, Reynolds said, 603,000 Iowans — about 25% of the state population — are fully vaccinated, ranking the state seventh in the nation for the number of population at that status.

The governor urged patience with scheduling as the eligibility opens up, noting that the state will continue to provide scheduling assistance to those who need it via 211 navigators, except on Easter Sunday.

Reynolds reported that the White House briefing indicated states will see 21.4 million vaccine doses next week plus an additional 8 million doses designated for the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program. Those numbers translate into 120,000 vaccine doses for Iowa and 41,000 for the federal retail pharmacy partners across the state.

The governor said 45,800 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccinations will be directed to employer clinics, mostly likely completing clinics provided for food processing and manufacturing employees sometime next week.

Reynolds said Iowa would not require COVID-19 vaccinations for state employees.

The governor said the state will continue to shift vaccine allocations to accommodate demand levels across the state.

Watch Wednesday’s news conference

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