4/1/21 – Vaccination Availability in Iowa

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds insists their system of distributing COVID vaccine is working, as the state prepares to receive larger shipments of vaccine next week. The Governor is urging Iowans to make appointments for vaccinations.

Reynolds says there are networks of health and medical groups that have worked out ways to make sure their residents are immunized, county by county.

Reynolds says eligibility for vaccine will be thrown wide open next week.

Supplies will increase next week, but not everyone can be immunized all at once.

Reynolds has been criticized because there is no statewide system in place for finding vaccination sites, and making appointments. There is the 211 system, which is mostly a referral system. And there are public private partnerships with pharmacies across the state, including HyVee and CVS.

Reynolds says all Iowans 16 and older will become eligible to receive vaccine, as it becomes more readily available.  She also announced that student vaccinations begin at Dordt University, Northwestern College, the University of Iowa, and Des Moines Area Community College, next week.