Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Iowa to start shipping COVID vaccines to select college campuses

(Radio Iowa) - Iowa is still on track to start ramping up COVID-19 vaccines on Monday for anyone who wants them, as Governor Kim Reynolds says the state will be seeing a "significant increase" in federal allocations of the vaccine in the coming days.

"In Iowa, it's our largest allocation to date," Reynolds says. "Nearly 120,000 doses for the state and another 41,000 for Iowa's retail pharmacy partners, which will total nearly 161,000 doses of vaccine."

College students and staff at select Iowa campuses will soon be able to get the shot, too, according to the governor.

"Next week, a small allocation will be provided to Dordt University, Northwestern College, the University of Iowa and DMACC to begin student vaccinations," Reynolds says. "In the weeks following, we'll allocate larger amounts of the J&J vaccine for this purpose."

The governor says 1.52 million doses have been administered to Iowans so far and at least 40% of Iowans 18-and-older have gotten at least one dose, which she says ranks Iowa 17th in the US.

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