CDC advisory panel signs off on Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for kids 12 to 15

BY: - May 12, 2021

WASHINGTON — A federal advisory panel is recommending that Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine be administered to adolescents between 12 and 15 years old, making it the first shot available to those under 16. The green light granted Wednesday afternoon by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s vaccine advisory panel is expected to be affirmed swiftly by […]

FDA green lights Pfizer vaccine for kids 12-15, with CDC still to act

BY: - May 10, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday signed off on expanding the use of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to children ages 12 to 15, clearing one key hurdle before that age group can begin receiving the two-shot vaccine. But another step is needed before tweens and teens can line up for shots. The […]

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 […]

Lawmakers host their own COVID-19 vaccine clinic at the Capitol

BY: - March 23, 2021

About 25 Iowa legislators and staff received a shot in the arm at the Iowa Capitol Tuesday during a COVID-19 clinic organized by two state representatives. It was a bipartisan effort: Rep. John Forbes, an Urbandale pharmacist, is a Democrat, and Rep. Ann Meyer, a registered nurse from Fort Dodge, is a Republican. Two Drake […]

COVID update: State lifts restrictions on most nursing home visits

BY: - March 12, 2021

As COVID-19 cases continue to fall in Iowa and more residents get vaccinated, state officials on Friday announced nursing homes can allow access to more visitors. The Iowa Department of Public Health said the facilities “should allow responsible indoor visitations at all times and for all residents, regardless of vaccination status of the resident or […]

One-dose vaccine poised for FDA green light after advisory panel OK

BY: - February 26, 2021

WASHINGTON — A Food and Drug Administration advisory panel on Friday gave its green light to a COVID-19 vaccine from Johnson & Johnson, signaling that states will soon see a third vaccine option in their weekly shipments — and the first that only requires one shot. Emergency-use authorization from the FDA is expected to swiftly follow […]

Game-changing one-dose vaccine could be in states’ hands shortly

BY: - February 25, 2021

WASHINGTON — States struggling to provide enough COVID-19 vaccines are likely just a few days away from a pivotal development in the vaccination race: the availability of a shot that requires only one dose. The game-changing Johnson & Johnson vaccine would differ from the two current shots by Pfizer and Moderna in several critical ways. […]

Big uptick in vaccine supplies for states expected soon

BY: - February 23, 2021

WASHINGTON — Executives from five COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers told Congress Tuesday that they expect to significantly boost the number of shots delivered to states in the coming weeks. Pfizer will increase weekly shipments to more than 13 million doses by mid-March, an increase from the 4 to 5 million doses shipped weekly in early February, […]

Biden administration unveils boost to state COVID-19 vaccine shipments

BY: - January 26, 2021

WASHINGTON — Amid frustrations at the slow pace of the national COVID-19 vaccination effort, President Joe Biden says his administration is boosting the number of doses sent to states each week and will be giving state officials more certainty on the number of doses they can expect in future shipments. Starting next week, a minimum of 10 million […]

Reynolds says CVS, Walgreens not moving fast enough to immunize nursing homes

BY: - January 7, 2021

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds said she’s “not happy” with the speed of COVID-19 immunizations in the state’s long-term care facilities. During a meeting with reporters on Thursday, she acknowledged the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s  partnership with CVS and Walgreens to immunize Iowans in nursing homes isn’t moving quickly enough. Reynolds said she is participating […]

Rep. Cindy Axne gets first dose of COVID-19 vaccine

BY: - January 6, 2021

U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne, D-Iowa, received her first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday, according to a news release. Congressional members are some of the first people eligible to receive the vaccine under continuity of government requirements. Axne said she was not able to “redesignate” her dose for a frontline worker or at-risk […]

Teachers, grocery workers, are next on Polk County’s COVID-19 vaccine timeline

BY: - January 5, 2021

Police officers, teachers and grocery store workers are on the list of essential workers who will be eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine following long-term care residents and health care personnel, according to the Polk County Health Department. On Tuesday, the Polk County Health Department released a tentative immunization timeline for central Iowa. Polk County is […]