COVID-19 vaccines

Biden pledges massive vaccine uptick as states struggle with confusion over supplies

BY: - January 15, 2021

WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden on Friday sketched out his proposal for overhauling the country’s slow and uneven effort to vaccinate Americans against COVID-19, pledging to open more centers for administering those shots, boost the public health workforce, and improve the information flow to states so they can better plan. Biden has called for administering 100 […]

Infections continue their upward trend in Iowa while vaccinations lag

BY: - January 15, 2021

Iowa reported an additional 19 coronavirus deaths and 1,398 new infections Thursday, as the state’s rate of infection continued to climb. Over the past week, Iowa has recorded an average of 1,339 new cases of COVID-19 each day, an increase of 16% from the average two weeks ago, according to the New York Times’ coronavirus […]

Feds tell states to give COVID-19 vaccine to anyone 65+ in bid to speed rollout

BY: - January 12, 2021

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Tuesday directed state officials to expand who is getting vaccinated for COVID-19, and announced that all available doses will be distributed to states instead of holding back a reserve of follow-up doses. However, the message from Iowa public health officials Tuesday was still: “Be patient.” Under the policy changes […]

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Can employers require workers to take the COVID-19 vaccine? 6 questions answered

BY: - January 3, 2021

Editor’s note: The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the federal agency in charge of enforcing laws prohibiting discrimination in the workplace, on Dec. 16 said that employers can require employees to get vaccinated before entering the workplace. Now that two COVID-19 vaccines have received emergency use authorization in the U.S., some people are concerned they could […]

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There’s no justification for government shutting the public out

BY: - December 30, 2020

There are some high-minded legal principles written into Iowa laws and rulings by our state’s Supreme Court. But in recent weeks, one of those sound principles has run into a few closed-minded state officials and the closed doors of government. Some officials prefer to conduct the people’s business without being bothered with having the pesky […]

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Locking out the public will not lead to healthy decisions on vaccine distribution

BY: - December 21, 2020

I wrote two weeks ago that the COVID-19 vaccination process “is too important for mere lip service in favor of the public’s right to know.” Unfortunately, our state’s leaders don’t agree. Iowans learned last week the public will be shut out of a government advisory board’s discussions on who should have priority access to the […]

Iowa’s vaccine allocation could be reduced by as much as 30%

BY: - December 16, 2020

The federal government announced that Iowa, along with other states, will not receive the volume of vaccines they initially expected, Iowa Department of Public Health reported late Wednesday. No specific reason was provided. The state was expected to receive enough Pfizer and Moderna vaccines to provide shots for 172,000 people, beginning the week of Dec. […]

Senators urge federal funding for state distribution of COVID-19 vaccine

BY: - November 24, 2020

WASHINGTON — More than a dozen U.S. Senate Democrats are urging congressional leaders to include “robust” funding in any coronavirus relief package for states to prepare for vaccine distribution. “Dedicated funding for COVID-19 vaccine distribution is especially critical now as jurisdictions are facing historic budget shortfalls amid the pandemic and funding for health departments had […]

Reynolds: ‘Iowa is ready’ for distribution of COVID-19 vaccines when available

BY: - November 24, 2020

Gov. Kim Reynolds said Tuesday Iowa is ready to distribute COVID-19 vaccines as soon as they are available. “The availability of a COVID-19 vaccine will be a significant step forward for our nation and our state,” Reynolds said. “Vaccines will reduce COVID-related illnesses, hospitalizations and deaths and further advance our overall recovery to the pandemic.” […]

States struggle to draft COVID-19 vaccine plans while in the dark on details, funding

BY: - October 26, 2020

WASHINGTON — Across the hundreds of pages of plans that state officials sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on distributing and tracking the yet-to-be-approved COVID-19 vaccines, there are more questions so far than answers on how exactly vaccine programs will be carried out. Yet states will be on the front lines for […]