Iowa – Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds is trying to calm fears over a reduction in the first round of COVID-19 vaccine allocated to the state.
Last week, the federal government notified several states, including Iowa, that vaccine allocations would be reduced by 30% from the original projections. Despite widespread concern that Iowa would not meet immediate needs for health care workers, Reynolds says the state attempted to find a way to vaccinate priority groups. The governor says Iowa Department of Public Health officials were in close contact with the feds to determine how the state’s allocations would change, and the adjustments necessary in the state’s plans. Reynolds discussed recent developments in COVID-19 vaccinations at her weekly press conference Tuesday morning.
“As I mentioned last week,” said Reynolds, “deploying Iowa’s vaccine strategy has been, and will continue to be, a monumental effort. This is true not only at the state and local level, but at the national level, as well. There are bound to be some bumps in the road as we head down this new math, and move forward.”