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All Iowans to be Eligible for COVID Vaccine Starting April 5

Iowa is expected to get a significant increase in COVID vaccine soon.

Governor Kim Reynolds says all Iowans will be eligible for the vaccine starting April 5th:

There are two-point-one million adults in Iowa. Right now, more than 413-thousand of them are fully vaccinated – that’s according to the state website tracking how many shots of the Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson and Johnson vaccines have been given.

The Centers for Disease Control says 95 percent of Iowans over the age of 65 have had at least one dose of COVID vaccine. Twenty-eight percent of Iowans BETWEEN the ages of 18 and 65 have had at least one shot.

Reynolds says vaccine supply is expected to ramp up at the end of March and there’ll be another increase in the first week of April.

Nearly 30-thousand Iowans who work in meat packing, food processing or manufacturing plants have received the single-dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine. And Reynolds says some of the businesses in this category are helping employees get the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines instead.

Reynolds says a computer glitch that prevented Iowans who are administering Covid shots from registering that information in a statewide database has been fixed. Iowa and several other states were affected by the hardware problem that popped up on Tuesday.


story courtesy of Radio Iowa

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