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Why Iowa's vaccine distribution plan differs from other states

January 12, 2021 06:15PM
There was more info if you clicked on the "points of distribution" link in the info under Iowa. It took you to the article below.


VERIFY: Why Iowa's vaccine distribution plan differs from other states
The White House and CDC left it up to states to decide how to distribute the vaccine, so each plan will be different.

Published: 7:57 PM CST January 4, 2021
Updated: 9:13 PM CST January 4, 2021

DES MOINES, Iowa — Local 5's VERIFY inbox continues to fill up with questions about the COVID-19 vaccine in Iowa and the state's plan to distribute it.

Many have asked how they can sign up to get the vaccine in Iowa. Here's the thing: you just can't sign up for it.

The vaccine is only being distributed to health care workers and long-term care residents and staff right now.

Our source is the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH).

Why are there long lines to get the vaccine in other states but nothing in Iowa?
The White House and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) left vaccination plans up to individual states, so each state's distribution plan is going to look different.

The IDPH's December draft plan for the vaccine says the state is in Phase 1 of vaccine distribution, meaning there are limited doses of the vaccine available, so only those in Phase 1 are able to be vaccinated currently.

According to the state, Phase 2 will be when there is a large number of vaccine doses available.

When this happens, the IDPH will set up points of distribution (PODs) to those left in Phase 1 as well as the general population.

So while other states may have long lines of people wanting to get their vaccine, it may take a while for that to happen here in Iowa.

How many Iowans have been vaccinated so far? When will the state include that information on their website?
As of Jan. 3, 54,755 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in the state, according to the IDPH.

Last month, the state announced they will post vaccine updates to the coronavirus website soon. Local 5 reached out for an update, and the IDPH said they are still working to get the dashboard published.

The IDPH anticipates the dashboard to be up in the next few weeks.

For now, the IDPH said the CDC has a vaccine tracker that includes information on allocations and vaccines administered in the state.

However, there may be discrepancies between what the IDPH reports and what the CDC reports in terms of doses administered since the data is published at different times.




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  Just curious - who here is getting the vaccine

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  I'm getting it ASAP

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  Re: I'm getting it ASAP

waterfield22January 11, 2021 10:37AM

  My wife just got the second injection..

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  Re: Oh.......joy.

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  I had always done well with the seasonal flu shot...

RAMbler18January 12, 2021 01:09PM

  Re: I had always done well with the seasonal flu shot...

waterfield17January 13, 2021 09:33AM

  Got my first round 4 days ago....... 2 days ago, I tested positive???? sigh

Ramgator22January 11, 2021 08:20AM

  And four days later, my upper left arm is STILL sore!! Worst shot I have ever had.

Ramgator21January 11, 2021 08:23AM

  Re: And four days later, my upper left arm is STILL sore!! Worst shot I have ever had.

waterfield8January 22, 2021 08:26PM

  Awesome: so it may not work, flu like symptoms for weeks

ferragamo7931January 11, 2021 08:53AM

  Sore after the first shot?

sstrams21January 11, 2021 09:18AM

  My arm felt like hell after shot #1.

Ramgator17January 11, 2021 01:59PM

  COVID vaccination works

waterfield30January 11, 2021 10:54AM

  there's no evidence of it not working

zn18January 12, 2021 08:37AM

  Re: Just curious - who here is getting the vaccine

MamaRAMa24January 11, 2021 01:58PM

  Re: Just curious - who here is getting the vaccine

ramBRO28January 11, 2021 04:38PM

  HA!! I KNOW there is something to football and high BP!!

Ramgator15January 12, 2021 05:27AM

  hope for both of your sakes.......

21Dog15January 12, 2021 05:33AM

  I was supposed to get it last Friday....

Rampage2K-29January 11, 2021 08:07PM

  I'll get it when they say I can have it.... nm

RAMbler13January 12, 2021 01:10PM

  A state-by-state guide for when you can get the COVID-19 vaccine

MamaRAMa30January 12, 2021 02:59PM

  IOWA

IowaRam18January 12, 2021 04:01PM

  Why Iowa's vaccine distribution plan differs from other states

MamaRAMa22January 12, 2021 06:15PM

  I thought you were gonna say....

Ramgator18January 13, 2021 05:02AM

  We have sled dog teams standing by Attachments

IowaRam11January 14, 2021 09:37AM

  Some people have gotten the shots

IowaRam14January 14, 2021 09:41AM

  My folks are getting theirs on February 4th, I believe

Drew28398January 18, 2021 01:01PM

  For folks in MO that are currently eligible: Be persistent!!

Drew283914January 18, 2021 01:12PM

  That's the best advice

waterfield8January 22, 2021 07:19PM

  Re: For folks in MO that are currently eligible: Be persistent!!

MamaRAMa11January 22, 2021 10:03PM

  I'm in limbo....

JamesJM3January 23, 2021 05:20AM

  Definitely nothing like that where my folks live

Drew28395January 23, 2021 09:13AM

  Ha... heard it could take 6 or 7 years

Atlantic Ram17January 18, 2021 05:19PM

  The more people that decide not to take the vaccine

waterfield16January 19, 2021 09:21AM

  Re: Got my first shot today

AlbaNY_Ram16January 19, 2021 12:31PM

  how do you feel

ferragamo797January 20, 2021 04:54PM

  Re: how do you feel

AlbaNY_Ram13January 21, 2021 07:01AM

  Re: how do you feel

IowaRam12January 21, 2021 07:52AM

  Re: lol

AlbaNY_Ram9January 21, 2021 10:51AM

  I get my second shot on the 4th of Feb. To those of you who DO get it....

Ramgator8January 23, 2021 05:40AM

  Shot # 1 yesterday

waterfield8January 24, 2021 08:42AM

  A problem I foresee with the 2d shot

waterfield10January 24, 2021 08:56AM