100,000+ doses of COVID-19 vaccine coming to Iowa this week

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The Iowa Department of Public Health says the state will receive more than 100,000 doses of the three COVID-19 vaccines in the coming week, the largest one-week allotment the state has seen.

The state will receive 91,100 doses from the federal government and another 27,830 doses of vaccine will be distributed through the “Retail Pharmacy Partnership.” That includes the state’s first allotment of the one-dose vaccine from Johnson & Johnson that was approved over the weekend.

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be set aside for distribution in 17 Iowa counties:

  • Black Hawk
  • Buena Vista
  • Cerro Gordo
  • Clarke
  • Crawford
  • Dallas
  • Dubuque
  • Linn
  • Louisa
  • Marion
  • Marshall
  • Muscatine
  • Plymouth
  • Pottawattamie
  • Sioux
  • Tama
  • Wright

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine does not require super-cold storage like the two previous two-dose vaccines which have been approved.

The Iowa Department of Public Health asks Iowans to continue to wear masks and practice social distancing to stop the spread of the virus. Governor Reynolds quietly lifted the requirements for masks last month after previously questioning scientific studies that prove masks slow the spread.

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