Iowa ranks 46th nationally in COVID vaccine allocation

Published: Jan. 21, 2021 at 11:08 PM CST
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DES MOINES, Iowa (KCRG) -Iowa ranks 46th nationally in the amount of COVID-19 vaccine doses being allocated, according to Governor Kim Reynolds.

Only four other states get fewer doses per capita than Iowa.

“Iowa ranks 46th nationally, 46th nationally in the amount of doses allocated to our state, near the very bottom of the list. In fact we are currently receiving only 19,500 doses of vaccine each week,” said Reynolds at a press conference on Thursday.

Iowa’s weekly allocation of about 20,000 shots will double the second week ofFebruary, then add an additional 10,000 each week after that until March. These plans could change under a new Biden administration.

Governor Reynolds said the Trump administration didn’t respond to her question about Iowa’s low allocation. She said she feels Iowa deserves more, especially considering the state’s population.

“Iowa has an elderly population and when you consider the number of nursing homes, long-term care facilities and assistant living facilities that we have in the state and the vulnerable populations that those include I would hope that we can get our allocation bumped up a little bit,” Reynolds said.

President Biden announced on Thursday his plan to direct FEMA to establish a point person in each state to report to the federal government to “maximize cooperation between the federal government and the states.”

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