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State to expand vaccine eligibility to all Iowans by April 5

Published: Mar. 17, 2021 at 11:35 AM CDT
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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) - Gov. Reynolds on Wednesday announced all Iowans will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccination starting on April 5, as long as the state’s vaccine dose allocation from the federal government increases as expected.

Reynolds said the federal vaccine allocations are expected to increase significantly by the week of March 29 to 20 million dose nationwide, which could include 4-6 million doses of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. She did not explain how many would be allocated to Iowa.

The allocation is expected to increase again in April to more than 22 million doses nationwide.

The eligibility expansion is dependent on this significant increase in dose allocations from the federal government.

“Getting vaccinated is the most important thing that each of us can do to ensure that our state’s recovery from COVID-19 is both strong and sustainable,” Reynolds said. “We all want life to get back to normal, for our businesses to rebound, for our high school seniors to graduate together, our church communities to gather again fully in-person and our families to be reunited. All of these things are possible and soon, but like everything else over this past year, it will depend on all of us doing our part for the greater good.”

Reynolds encouraged Iowans to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

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