Latest COVID-19 Vaccine Information for Iowa

Published: Feb. 2, 2021 at 11:31 AM CST
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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) - This article will be updated regularly and contains live updates below on the COVID-19 vaccination effort in Iowa.

As of Thursday evening in Iowa (scroll down to see detailed breakdowns and maps on Iowa’s vaccination progress):

Total Doses AdministeredIndividuals Initiating Vaccination (1 dose)Individuals Fully Vaccinated (2 doses)% of Iowa population (3.155 million) fully vaccinated

On Thursday, the Iowa Department of Public Health announced Iowans 64 and under with medical conditions that put them at “increased risk” will be eligible to get the COVID vaccine from providers starting on Monday, March 8th.

After KCRG-TV9 discovered on February 12th that Washington, Chickasaw, Buchanan, Poweshiek, and Hancock Counties would not be allocated their weekly COVID vaccine amounts from the state for the upcoming week, but, after those counties reached out to Governor Reynolds’ Officer, the state reversed course on February 15th and are expecting to see their allocation come later this week.

KCRG-TV9 also learned that bout 20 different counties are wrongly listed as having no vaccine providers on the state’s COVID-19 Vaccine Provider Portal. A spokesperson for the Iowa Department of Public Health told our KCRG-TV9 i9 Investigative Unit last week it was aware of the error and said it appears to be from an issue in getting the list to populate properly.

The state announced on February 17th it will report data in a new process, which will focus on the total performed number of tests rather than the individuals tested. The change will significantly lower the state’s positivity rate because it will divide the number of positive tests by tests taken. Before, Iowa reported its’ COVID-19 data on an individual level.

And while some counties are using mass clinics to vaccinate people, TV9 examined on February 18th how many counties are utilizing local pharmacies to put the COVID-19 vaccine in arms.

On February 16th, TV9 answered viewers questions about when the rules will be relaxed so families are allowed to have full access to loved ones in long-term care facilities.

On February 17th, KCRG-TV9 spoke with people living with disabilities that are still waiting to get the COVID vaccine.

And on February 19th, Dubuque County Public Health announced a new COVID-19 vaccine phone line to help residents 65 and over without a primary healthcare provider figure out how to get the vaccine.

Iowa is currently in phase 1b of distributing the COVID-19 Vaccine. That includes everyone ages 65+ and 5 tiers of priorities from first responders and teachers to correctional facility staff and inmates. The CDC has identified recommendations for the next populations to get priority for the vaccine in group 1c but the Iowa Infectious Disease Advisory Council has not made any recommendations yet.

Because of limited supplies of the vaccine, it is not available yet to the general public and distribution will vary slightly from county-to-county. State and county health departments are urging everyone to be patient as Iowa awaits more availability of doses. Click here to find information for COVID-19 providers.


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FAQ from the Linn County Public Health Department

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