University of Iowa Health Care receives first COVID-19 vaccine shipment, vaccinations begin Monday

Published: Dec. 14, 2020 at 9:24 AM CST
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IOWA CITY, Iowa (KCRG) - University of Iowa Health Care said it has received its first shipment of about 1,000 doses of the PFizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, and it plans to begin vaccinations for its workers Monday.

The initial wave of vaccines is for health care employees closely involved in COVID-19-related patient care, with several essential leaders to the pandemic response also being among the first to receive the vaccination.

Reynolds said the state plans to prioritize the distribution of the vaccine according to CDC recommendations, with the first doses going to frontline workers in hospitals and those in long term care facilities.

Kelly Garcia, who is the interim director of the Iowa Department of Public Health and the Iowa Department of Human Services, said she expects anyone who wants the vaccine will have it available to them by the middle of 2021.

Vaccinations got underway for healthcare workers across the U.S. Monday. The U.K. started vaccinating last week.

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