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Iowa to distribute 100,000 COVID-19 vaccines this week

Will be a new milestone for the state
Published: Mar. 1, 2021 at 8:30 PM CST
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DES MOINES, Iowa (KWQC) -The Iowa Department of Public Health saID the state would be able to give out 100,000 COVID-19 vaccine does the first week of March, a new weekly high for Iowa.

In addition to the Moderna and Pfizer allocations, Iowa will receive 25,600 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which the FDA just gave emergency use authorization.

IDPH will direct the Johnson & Johnson vaccine allocation to 17 Iowa counties with significant Phase 1B, Tier 2 populations. That group includes frontline essential workers in food, agriculture, distribution and manufacturing sectors and those who live or work in settings that make social distancing difficult.

IDPH said this ensures local public health can coordinate with employers on the quick distribution of the vaccine in workforces disproportionally affected by the virus. Of the 17 counties that will receive the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, three are in the Quad City region. Those counties are Muscatine, Louisa, and Dubuque.

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine only requires one dose and can be stored at normal refrigerator temperatures. In clinical trials, the vaccine is shown to be 100 percent effective at preventing hospitalization and death and 85 percent effective at preventing severe illness.

IDPH said it would continue to share details about weekly allocations of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

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