Nearly 60% of Iowa adults are fully vaccinated against COVID-19

BY: - June 14, 2021

Nearly 60% of Iowa adults are fully vaccinated for COVID-19, the New York Times reported.  A new analysis found that 58% of Iowans who are 18 years old or above were fully vaccinated, and 62% had received at least one dose of vaccine. Among those age 65 and above, 84% were fully vaccinated, and 88% […]

Iowa COVID-19 cases fall to April 2020 level

BY: - June 11, 2021

The seven-day average of new COVID-19 cases is the lowest it has been since the first week of April 2020, at the beginning of the pandemic. The New York Times reported Iowa has averaged 82 new cases a day over the past week. That marked a 39% drop in the past two weeks. Hospitalizations stayed […]

Iowa Department of Public Health launches new vaccination ad campaign

BY: - June 8, 2021

The Iowa Department of Public Health this week launched a new ad in its $1.39 million campaign to encourage Iowans to get vaccinated. “As eligibility further expands to the pediatric population, it’s also important that we reach an even more diverse groups of Iowans, including teens and their parents or guardians, with information about the […]

HIV/AIDS vaccine: Why don’t we have one after 37 years, when we have several for COVID-19 after a few months?

BY: - May 18, 2021

Smallpox has been eradicated from the face of the Earth following a highly effective, worldwide vaccination campaign. Paralytic poliomyelitis is no longer a problem in the U.S. because of development and use of effective vaccines against the poliovirus. In current times, millions of lives have been saved because of rapid deployment of effective vaccines against […]

Nearly half of Iowans have had at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose

BY: - May 10, 2021

Nearly half of Iowans have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, the New York Times reported.  The Iowa Department of Public Health reported more than 2.5 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in Iowa. Well over a third, 38%, of Iowans had been fully vaccinated. That is 4 percentage points […]

Iowa’s daily COVID-19 cases down 20%, as Johnson & Johnson shots begin again

BY: - April 26, 2021

COVID-19 cases in Iowa are down 20% over two weeks ago, while demand for the vaccine in the state is beginning to decline.  Iowa averaged 416 new cases per day over the past week, matching the rates of infection from last summer. The statewide daily case average has declined by 20% over the past two […]

Iowa sees 9% drop in daily COVID-19 cases

BY: - April 23, 2021

Iowa’s new cases of COVID-19 have fallen to a level last seen for an extended time last summer, the New York Times database shows. Iowa averaged 432 cases a day over the past week, down 9%, the Times reported. Hospitalizations, though, were up 7% at 236. That level also was as low as last summer’s […]

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 […]

Twenty-one Iowa counties turn down COVID-19 vaccines

BY: - April 14, 2021

Twenty-one county health departments turned down their state COVID-19 vaccine allocations this week, the state health director said.  Kelly Garcia, director of the Iowa Department of Public Health, said it is unclear if those counties have a lack of demand for the vaccine. It’s possible people are going to private pharmacies that get their vaccines […]

Iowa health director fears loss of vaccine momentum after J & J pause

BY: - April 14, 2021

Iowa’s top public health official fears that the pause in the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine for COVID-19 will lead some skeptics to skip getting any version of the coronavirus vaccine. Federal health officials called for a temporary halt in injections of the J & J vaccine after six women got a rare […]

Iowa sees drop in COVID-19 cases, deaths

BY: - April 12, 2021

Iowa has seen sharp drops in new COVID-19 cases and deaths, the New York Times reported. Iowa recorded 522 new cases on Sunday, with the daily average down 7% over the past week. Deaths were down 29% with another five recorded Sunday. Last week, the state’s rate of new cases had edged up slightly, the […]

House passes bills on alcohol delivery, COVID-19 vaccine administration

BY: - April 7, 2021

The Iowa House passed a bill Wednesday afternoon allowing pharmacists to deliver the COVID-19 vaccine and one facilitating third-party alcohol delivery. Pharmacist can give COVID-19 vaccines, other medical care The House voted 89-2 to add to Iowa Code that pharmacists may administer the COVID-19 vaccine to patients over 18. Pharmacists are already authorized to issue […]