Regional Medical Center has received their first shipment of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. Hospital officials tell KMCH that the first vaccinations at the hospital will take place this afternoon.
Unlike Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine, Moderna’s vaccine does not have to be kept in ultra-cold storage and state officials say that means it’s being sent to rural Iowa locations. Governor Kim Reynolds says the first shipment of Moderna has been shipped to all 99 counties in Iowa.
State health officials the vaccinations will start Monday (Dec 28th) for residents and staff of Iowa’s long-term care facilities, while several thousand Iowa health care workers have already gotten the first round of shots. Kelly Garcia, director of the Iowa Department of Human Services, says the -next- phase of vaccinations will target Iowans 75 and older and front-line essential workers, including first responders, teachers and workers in food and ag-related manufacturing.
While the governor describes this as a turning point in the pandemic, she’s also urging Iowans to wear a face mask in public places and avoiding indoor gatherings outside of your home, especially this holiday season, to reduce the spread of the virus until the state vaccination rate increases significantly.