More Than 2 Million Iowans Have Received a COVID-19 Vaccine


IOWA - Governor Kim Reynolds holds a news conference Wednesday morning as Iowa has reached another milestone in COVID-19 vaccinations.

More than 2 million doses have now been given to residents in a state with a total population of just over 3 million.

Numbers from the New York Times show Iowa slightly above the national rate for adults receiving at least one vaccine dose (41% vs. 40%).

The state is tied for 13th in fully vaccinating people (29%).

As of Wednesday morning, Iowa has fully vaccinated nearly 900,000 individuals.

The White House updates governors weekly on Tuesday about the vaccine rollout.

It's not known if Governor Reynolds will have more information Wednesday on the status of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine that was suspended last week.

A decision nationally about whether to resume J & J doses should come this Friday, when a panel advising the Centers for Disease Control is scheduled to meet.

President Biden's Infectious disease advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci has said he believes experts will recommend “some sort of either warning or restriction” on the use of the vaccine.

Vaccine providers in the state are transitioning to other vaccines while J & J doses are on hold.

Iowa State University is holding a vaccination clinic all this week at one of its gyms, where it expects to give out 3-thousand doses of the Pfizer vaccine.

The suspension of the J & J vaccine led Iowa State to cancel its clinic last week.

The school plans to return to 100 percent in-person classes, although a time frame has not been established. The Iowa Board of Regents has said that vaccines will not be a requirement to attend classes.