In her press conference on Wednesday Governor Kim Reynolds announced that 50,000 additional doses of Covid-19 vaccine will be arriving soon in Iowa. The news comes following a White House conference with all 50 states during their weekly updates held Tuesdays.

According to Iowa's News Now, the number of doses coming to Iowa in the next shipment is a modest bump higher than the previous shipment.

"Beginning this week, states will receive 5 percent more vaccine than last week for a total of 11 million doses distributed nationwide," said Reynolds.

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The increased percentage is the same for every state, with Iowa's allocation increasing to 49,900 total doses.

A new program called the  Federal Retail Pharmacy Program will begin connecting  local pharmacies including Hy-Vee, CVS, Rite Aid and Walgreen's with supplies of vaccine doses. It makes simple sense considering pharmacies are where so many get their flu shots.

"In Iowa that program will include more than 40  Hy-Vee pharmacy locations and 30 pharmacies that are part of the CPESN network," Reynolds said in her press conference.

The additional doses could be arriving as early as next week.

Here are the current guidelines for those who are eligible for vaccination appointments.

  • Phase 1a: health care workers and residents and staff of long-term care facilities
  • Phase 1b: frontline essential workers and adults 65 years of age and older
  • Phase 1c: adults 65-74 years of age, individuals age 16-64 with high-risk medical conditions, and other essential workers.

Source: Iowa's News Now

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