Less Than Half of COVID-19 Vaccines Sent to Iowa Are Reaching Residents


IOWA - Iowa has injected more than 100,000 residents with COVID-19 vaccines, but the state ranks in the middle of the pack for its vaccination rate.

As of Thursday morning, about three-and-a-half percent of Iowans have received vaccinations, which is well behind neighboring South Dakota and Nebraska.

Less than half (42 percent) the vaccines sent to Iowa by the federal government have been provided to state residents.

The state is performing better in battling COVID-19 infections.

Hospitalizations are about a third of what they were during their peak in November.

Also, less than half of Iowa's 99 counties, only 44, are above the state's designation for having a high positivity rate, which is 15 percent.

School districts in counties at or above 15 percent are allowed to conduct online only classes, although Governor Kim Reynolds has asked the state legislature to pass a law requiring all schools to offer an option for 100 percent in-person learning, regardless of COVID-19 rates.