COVID-19 vaccine

Biden administration boosts COVID-19 aid to hardest-hit regions

BY: - July 22, 2021

WASHINGTON — Amid a rise in infections and hospitalizations from the surging delta variant of COVID-19, the Biden administration is boosting money and other assistance to the hardest-hit areas of the country. This week, just three states with lower vaccination rates — Florida, Texas and Missouri — accounted for 40% of all cases nationwide.  One […]

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Delta variant makes it even more important to get a COVID-19 vaccine, even if you’ve already had the coronavirus

BY: - July 17, 2021

As someone who studies immune responses to respiratory infections, I’ve watched news of the emerging coronavirus variants with concern. I wondered whether vaccination or previous infection would provide protection against SARS-CoV-2 strains, especially the new, highly transmissible delta variant, which has rapidly spread to at least 70 countries. A person can develop immunity – the […]

Only 12% of Iowa nursing homes meet vaccine standard

BY: - June 28, 2021

Only 50 of Iowa’s 409 nursing homes are reporting that three-quarters or more of their workers have been vaccinated against COVID-19, newly disclosed records show. That means 88% of Iowa’s nursing homes have yet to meet the industry’s stated standard of having at least three-fourths of their workforce vaccinated against the virus. Earlier this month, […]

Polk County approves vaccine lottery

BY: - June 15, 2021

Polk County is starting a COVID-19 vaccine incentive program in the form of a lottery this summer. Fully vaccinated residents can enter to win up to $50,000 starting June 25.  The county is beginning the vaccine lottery with its first drawing on June 25, the Polk County Board of Supervisors and the county’s health department […]

‘Get a shot and have a beer’: Biden touts free brew, pro sports tickets and child care to boost vaccines

BY: - June 2, 2021

WASHINGTON — Free child care during COVID-19 vaccine appointments. Late-night appointment slots on Fridays. And free beer for everybody over 21 if President Joe Biden’s vaccination goal is reached next month. These are some of the latest incentives and strategies lined up by the Biden administration to boost national vaccinations against COVID-19 leading up to the […]

Vaccine passport ban headed to Gov. Reynolds’ desk

BY: - May 5, 2021

Iowa businesses may not ask for proof of vaccination from customers under a bill passed Wednesday by the Iowa Senate. The so-called “vaccine passport” bill was introduced in April, following a request from Gov. Kim Reynolds. It forbids businesses and governmental agencies from requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination for customers or visitors. Temperature checks or […]

Federal health regulators recommend states restart use of Johnson & Johnson vaccine

BY: - April 23, 2021

WASHINGTON — A federal advisory panel on Friday recommended that states return to using the COVID-19 vaccine from Johnson & Johnson, but also hand out updated fact sheets that will warn about the rare blood clots in women that paused the vaccine’s use. Top U.S. health officials swiftly acted on the recommendation by the panel, […]

Iowa lawmakers encourage vaccinations as counties decline state allotments

BY: - April 22, 2021

One day after Gov. Kim Reynolds urged Iowans to overcome “vaccine hesitancy,” Democratic lawmakers shared details of their own shots and their fully vaccinated summer plans. Rep. Jennifer Konfrst, D-Windsor Heights, told reporters Thursday that she felt “liberation and enthusiasm” after her second vaccine dose, encouraging Iowans to schedule their own appointments.  “Now is the […]

Many state-employed caregivers are still refusing the COVID-19 vaccine

BY: - April 22, 2021

Up to 45% of the state employees at publicly managed care facilities are still refusing the COVID-19 vaccine, despite the governor’s ongoing pleas for all Iowans to be vaccinated. Some of those who are refusing the vaccine are health care workers providing direct, hands-on care for individuals, and some are administrators. The six state-run care […]

Pause for Johnson & Johnson vaccine extended as federal health panel wrestles with next steps

BY: - April 14, 2021

WASHINGTON — Use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 shot will remain paused for at least a week, after a federal vaccine advisory panel said Wednesday that it had too little data on a rare but serious blood-clotting condition reported in at least six women. That means states and federally run vaccine sites will be relying […]

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Johnson & Johnson vaccine suspension – what this means for you

BY: - April 13, 2021

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration on April 13, 2021 halted use of the one-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine that has been given to 6.8 million people in the U.S. The pause is due to reports of blood clotting in six people who have received the vaccine. […]

States start pausing J&J vaccine after recommendation from U.S. health officials

BY: - April 13, 2021

WASHINGTON — Top public health officials said Tuesday that they are recommending a pause in the use of a COVID-19 vaccine from Johnson & Johnson “out of an abundance of caution” following six cases of a rare and severe type of blood clot, and states and localities immediately began moving to suspend the vaccine’s use. The […]