COVID-19 vaccinations

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Iowa lags on vaccinations as the number of new COVID-19 cases climbs

BY: - July 19, 2021

The average daily number of newly confirmed COVID-19 cases in Iowa is up 50% from two weeks ago, and up almost 67% from one week ago, according to the latest data from the New York Times and Washington Post. As of Sunday, Iowa’s seven-day average of confirmed new cases each day was 128, the Times reported. […]

Iowa drops further behind in the vaccination of nursing home workers

BY: - July 16, 2021

Iowa’s nursing home workers continue to lag behind those in most other states when it comes to receiving the COVID-19 vaccination. Even in Iowa nursing homes where a half-dozen residents or more have died of COVID-19, the percentage of workers who have been vaccinated against the virus is as low as 48%, federal records show. […]

Biden administration defends COVID ‘surge response teams’ after Missouri governor’s criticism

BY: - July 8, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden’s key COVID-19 advisers on Thursday defended the administration’s strategies for boosting vaccinations in the states, after Missouri’s governor said federal door-to-door outreach efforts are not welcome there. Top Biden adviser Jeff Zients said anyone mischaracterizing the administration’s attempts is “doing a disservice to the country.” Missouri Gov. Mike Parson voiced […]

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Delta variant in Iowa: State urges vaccinations as new strain spreads

BY: - July 7, 2021

Less than two months after the first case was identified in the state, the delta variant has become the most common strain of COVID-19 in Iowa. The Iowa Department of Public Health found that the delta variant, which was first identified in India, represented 53% of the variants in Iowa during the final week of […]

Iowa ranks 26th in COVID-19 vaccinations, behind five Midwest neighbors

BY: - July 6, 2021

Iowa ranks 26th among the states in the percentage of adults who have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, trailing five neighboring states, the New York Times reported.  Based on 2021 estimates, Iowa is the 31st most-populous state. According to the Times, 63.9% of adult Iowans have received at least one dose of […]

Iowa Poll: 54% approve of Reynolds’ pandemic approach as COVID-19 cases decline

BY: - June 23, 2021

COVID-19 cases are going down and Gov. Kim Reynolds’ approval rating is going up, according to a newly released Des Moines Register/Mediacom poll. A majority of Iowans, 51%, said they approved of Reynolds’ job performance as governor. That’s up 5 percentage points since March.   Over half of Iowans also approved of the way Reynolds handled […]

Staff vaccination rates in Iowa nursing homes as low as 47%, despite deaths

BY: - June 11, 2021

Even in Iowa nursing homes where a half-dozen residents or more have died of COVID-19, the percentage of workers who have been vaccinated against the virus is as low as 47%, newly disclosed records show. Although state public health officials have said they’ve never collected data on the staff vaccination rates in privately run nursing […]

Iowa’s COVID cases fall, but a few counties see steep increases

BY: - May 17, 2021

As many Iowans take off their masks and enjoy new freedom, the state continues to experience a sharp drop in new COVID-19 cases.  However, new data from the New York Times show that several Iowa counties have seen steep jumps in the past two weeks. And the state passed another grim milestone, topping 6,000 COVID-related […]

States offer gift cards, clinics at baseball games, worksite shots in push to increase vaccinations

BY: - May 11, 2021

WASHINGTON — Maine officials are enticing residents to get a COVID-19 vaccine by offering free fishing or hunting licenses and L.L. Bean gift cards. Ohio has the National Guard taking shots to the lobbies of senior housing facilities, so those residents need only to come downstairs. And in Minnesota, Gov. Tim Walz says that if […]

Iowa’s COVID-19 cases continue to drop, but risk areas remain

BY: - April 27, 2021

Iowa continues to gain ground in the fight against COVID-19, as the U.S. as a whole also sees steep drops in cases.  The Washington Post reported Iowa ranked No. 27 in cases per capita on Monday with 13 cases per 100,000. Minnesota was higher, ranking fourth with 30 cases per 100,000. The U.S. reported 17. […]

Expanded vaccine eligibility for all adult Iowans still on track for April 5

BY: - March 31, 2021

Iowa is moving ahead with plans to expand COVID-19 vaccine availability to all Iowans age 16 or older beginning April 5. Currently, Iowans 65 or older are eligible for the vaccine, as are Iowans age to 16 to 64 who have health conditions such as high blood pressure, asthma or obesity. Some Iowa counties have […]

Advocacy groups say homebound Iowans have been ‘forgotten’ by state vaccination system

BY: - March 23, 2021

Phyllis Mussman of Cedar Rapids spent 2020 painting, writing poetry and staying home. Mussman, 84, has no car and has been largely homebound. She uses supplemental oxygen, making travel difficult and rendering her more vulnerable to respiratory illness brought on by the COVID-19 virus. “When the virus hit, I was scared and I didn’t go […]