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Iowans under 65 with underlying health conditions are eligible to be vaccinated starting Monday

Published: Mar. 4, 2021 at 6:16 PM CST|Updated: Mar. 8, 2021 at 5:40 AM CST
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(KWQC) - Those who have underlying health conditions and are under the age of 65 are now eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccinations from providers in Iowa.

Priority groups will still be determined on a by-county basis, but the state says counties across Iowa can now expand those groups. The announcement comes as several Iowa counties have reported nearing completion of vaccinating previous priority population groups, the Iowa Department of Public Health said on March 4.

“As a large Iowa county, Scott County still has thousands of individuals in the Phase 1B 65+ priority group and individuals in the Phase 1B Tier 2-5 priority groups still needing vaccine,” the Scott County Health Department said Friday in a Facebook post. “As with each move between phases of the vaccine prioritization groups, this transition will take time. We are hopeful that increased vaccine supply in the upcoming weeks will help smooth this transition.

“We intend to share updates early next week on how this transition in Scott County will take place. We ask for your patience.”

In Muscatine County, public health officials said they will not be moving on until we can ensure persons 65 years and older are vaccinated.

On Tuesday, Iowa will open a 211 Call Center to assist those 65 and older who need assistance in scheduling an appointment.

Vaccine production is still limited, and IDPH did ask for those waiting to receive vaccines to remain patient, especially as more are made eligible.

IDPH said they are consulting CDC standards for underlying health conditions, which can be found here.

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