All Adult Iowans Can Get COVID-19 Vaccine Starting April 5

Kimberly Ritter

Do you want the COVID-19 vaccine, but haven’t qualified yet? Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds announced today that all Iowan adults will be eligible for vaccinations for the COVID-19 virus starting April 5th.

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Making an announcement during her weekly news conference, Reynolds said that as long as Iowa vaccine supplies that are received from the federal government can keep up with demand, that she expects all adult Iowans to be eligible for the vaccine. Vaccine shipments to Iowa are expected to double from 100,000 to 200,000 per week in the near future.

President Biden has said that he wants all Americans to be eligible for the vaccine May 1. At this time only adults are receiving vaccinations until a child vaccine receives approval.

According to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 12.64% of Iowans have received full vaccination. A total of 1,155,003 total doses have been administered in the state of Iowa.

The State of Iowa has launched a website for more information on vaccine priority groups and eligibility. It also includes resources for Iowans over age 65 and frequently asked questions about the vaccine. Learn more at vaccinate.Iowa.gov.

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Who is Currently Eligible for the Vaccine?
In Iowa, those eligible for the vaccine are individuals 65 and older or those considered to have high risk of exposure including first responders, childcare workers, teachers, and other frontline essential workers. (See the chart above). Younger individuals who have existing medical conditions are also eligible to schedule an appointment, however appointments may not be available until those 65 and older have received priority. See the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) recommendations on those pre-existing conditions here.

Where to Find Vaccine Information For Iowa
Iowa has launched a website at vaccinate.Iowa.gov to provide information about Covid-19 eligibility, resource availability and to address commonly asked questions. The Iowa vaccine website can also direct you to providers in your area that are offering vaccinations.

Where to Get Answers and Assistance for the Covid Vaccine
Have questions about the vaccine and whether you qualify before April 4th? Iowans who are age 65 and older can now call 211 for assistance. Resource specialists are available to answer basic questions and in scheduling appointments. This service will be expanded to those under age 65 when more vaccines become available. Check with your health care provider with questions specific to your health situation.

Where to Get Updates on Vaccine Availability
If you’ve struggled to find a COVID-19 appointment time in Iowa, you are not alone. Vaccines are still limited in supply in Iowa, as well as across the United States. While supplies are still not caught up with demand, here are a few places to help you locate availability.

  • Check with your local public health agency. They may be offering regular vaccination clinics. Visit their website and social media for more details.
  • Check with your healthcare provider. Some healthcare providers have been contacting eligible and high risk patients to schedule vaccine appointments as supplies are available. Please be understanding that not all providers may have adequate supplies at this time. Before calling, check their website for information about availability and appointments to allow their staff to focus on helping those who are currently ill or injured. Online scheduling may not be accessible when appointments are unavailable.
  • Check your local pharmacy’s website. Some local pharmacies including Hy-Vee, Walgreens and CVS locations offer online scheduling or have a waitlist for when vaccine supply is available.
  • Follow the @IowaVaccineAlert Twitter account. This automated account pulls data on where to find available vaccine appointments in Iowa and sends out real-time alerts when appointments become available anywhere in the state of Iowa.

Because vaccines are still in short supply, Iowans are asked to be patient. More vaccine doses are expected to arrive regularly. While appointments are filling up quickly, continue to check regularly for new openings to become available.

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