COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility In Iowa About To Drastically Expand

Wed 3-31-2021

(Johnston)-- Governor Kim Reynolds announced today (Wed.) effective next week, the eligibility guidelines for COVID-19 vaccine will expand even further, with just about everyone being made eligible...Reynolds 033101 

"Next Monday, April 5th, all eligible Iowans can be vaccinated. Age 16 and up can receive the Pfizer vaccine and age 18 and up are eligible for Moderna and the J & J."

The Governor cautioned opening the eligibility even further is going to make getting appointments even more of a challenge. She says they'll be bringing some additional resources online to help with that...Reynolds 033102 

"We're also taking additional steps to ensure those with barriers to scheduling an appointment can easily get help. So 211 Iowa is expanding its vaccine scheduling service to assist individuals 65 and up and also those ages 16 to 64 with underlying health conditions. And these are individuals again who can't schedule an appointment on their own whether that's due to technology issues or language barriers. By simply dialing 211, selecting number 9 to speak with a vaccine navigator, and providing some general information, they can be scheduled for an appointment at a nearby pharmacy." 

The Governor added the state's allocation of vaccine will see another big boost as well next week...Reynolds 033103 

"I am pleased to report that we will see a significant increase, especially in the J & J vaccine. Across the country, 21.4 million doses will be allocated to states and territories plus an additional eight million J & J will be allocated to the federal retail pharmacy program. In Iowa, it's our largest allocation to date. So nearly 120,000 doses for the state and another 41,000 for Iowa's retail pharmacy partners which will totally nearly 161,000 doses of vaccine."

Of that, Reynolds says Iowa will be receiving 45,800 doses of the J & J vaccine.