Vaccine Eligibility Open to All Iowans Next Week
Starting Monday, April 5, all Iowan adults will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Governor Reynolds made this initial announcement on March 17 and reaffirmed it on March 31, after the White House told states to expect a significant increase in vaccine allocation across the country.Starting Monday, April 5, all Iowan adults will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Governor Reynolds made this initial announcement on March 17 and reaffirmed it on March 31, after the White House told states to expect a significant increase in vaccine allocation across the country.
"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," stated Reynolds during the press conference. Iowa is anticipated to receive an additional 25,000 doses next week as vaccine eligibility opens up, totaling 128,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine.
Pharmacies will continue playing a large role in vaccinating communities across the state. Over 500 Iowa pharmacies are registered with the state to serve as COVID-19 vaccination sites and receive vaccine supply through state and federal allocations. Although Iowa is receiving greater allocations of the vaccine, patients should still expect the need to schedule appointments due to necessary storage conditions of the vaccines, as well as ensuring COVID-19 protocols are followed. It is also recommended to seek a location that can easily serve as the same location for your second dose if you receive a vaccine that is a 2-dose series.
The Iowa Department of Public Health reports over 600,000 Iowans have been fully vaccinated, with over 1,500,000 total doses administered to date.
Iowa Pharmacy Association's Executive Vice President & CEO, Kate Gainer, stated “Pharmacists across Iowa continue to provide heroic efforts to vaccinate our state. The continued collaboration and all-hands-on-deck approach will be important as more Iowans become eligible to receive the vaccine.”