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 […]

Iowa has a critical shortage of rural pharmacies needed for COVID-19 vaccination

BY: - December 30, 2020

Leslie Herron, owner of Sumpter Pharmacy in Adel, has done everything she can to prepare for the expected demand in COVID-19 vaccines next year. She purchased digital data recorders to monitor her fridges. She hired an additional person dedicated to COVID-19 testing and eventually, immunization. She ordered a carport, a covered structure that provides rain […]


International Statistic of the Year: Race for a COVID-19 vaccine

BY: - December 19, 2020

Scientists in China published the complete genetic sequence of SARS-CoV-2 on Jan. 10, 2020. On Dec. 8, 2020, health officials in London began administering an effective coronavirus vaccine to the public. The global scientific community successfully developed a COVID-19 vaccine in just 332 days. I am a statistician, and this year I was on the […]

Iowans get mixed messaging on COVID-19 vaccine distribution

BY: - December 17, 2020

The Iowa Department of Public Health announced Thursday the state will receive nearly 20% fewer COVID-19 vaccine allocations than initially expected this month. The Centers for Disease Control advised that Iowa will receive enough Pfizer and Moderna vaccines for 138,300 people, according to IDPH. State officials were initially told they would have enough for 172,000 […]

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. […]

Reynolds eases regulations on bars, restaurants and gatherings before holidays

BY: - December 16, 2020

Gov. Kim Reynolds announced Wednesday she is easing coronavirus mitigation restrictions on restaurants, bars and gatherings as Iowa’s COVID-19 hospitalizations and positive cases drop.  Bars and restaurants will no longer have to close at 10 p.m. and can resume their normal hours of operation, Reynolds said. Customers will still need to stay seated, limit groups […]

Iowa health care workers receive first COVID-19 vaccinations

BY: - December 14, 2020

Doctors, nurses, hospital executives and custodial staff were among the first people in Iowa on Monday to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, an event hospital officials marked as an optimistic milestone toward the end of the pandemic. By the end of the day, Suresh Gunasekaran, CEO of University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, said more than […]

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.” […]

COVID-19 vaccine effectiveness, ‘better than we anticipated,’ says University of Iowa dean of Carver College

BY: - November 18, 2020

Two COVID-19 vaccines that are expected to be submitted soon for federal review and licensure are showing “very promising data,” members of the Iowa Board of Regents heard Wednesday. Pat Winokur, executive dean of the University of Iowa Carver College, is the principal investigator for the Pfizer vaccine trial conducted at the school. She told […]

Iowa spikes to third in the nation for COVID-19 cases; Biden meets with virus advisory team

BY: - November 9, 2020

Iowa shot back up to third in the nation for the number of new COVID-19 cases, as hospitalizations and deaths continued to rise. Eight-two of Iowa’s 99 counties had surpassed the 15% positivity rate for the infection that is one of the parameters that would allow local school districts to apply for 100% virtual learning. […]