The COVID-19 vaccine will be arriving in Iowa in two weeks – though it won’t be available widespread to the general public until next year.
Governor Kim Reynolds says pending FDA approval, Iowa will get its first shipment of 26-thousand doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine during the week of December 13th. That’ll be the first of multiple shipments this month, which should total 172,000 doses.
Iowa Department of Human Services Director Kelly Garcia explains more about each of these two vaccines.
Garcia says the initial vaccines will go to priority groups.
By the middle of next year, Garcia says there should be plenty of vaccine of everyone who wants it. She warns that while there is light at the end of the tunnel, life won’t return to normal right away with this vaccine.
Governor Reynolds is also urging everyone to continue with mitigation strategies to help prevent the spread of the virus.