Iowa is Middle of the Pack Delivering COVID-19 Shots to People

IOWA - Iowa has injected more than 120,000 residents with COVID-19 vaccines, but the state ranks in the middle of the pack for its vaccination rate.

As of Monday morning, less than four percent of Iowans have received vaccinations, which is well behind neighboring South Dakota and Nebraska.

Less than half (45 percent) the vaccines sent to Iowa by the federal government have been provided to state residents.

The state has had more success battling the virus, as hospitalizations are at their lowest level since October.

Also, only about a third of Iowa's 99 counties (34) have what the state designates as a high VOVID-19 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.

Iowa is still in Phase 1A for vaccinations, which is limited to medical workers and long term care centers. Starting February 1st, the Iowa Department of Public Health will expand to Phase 1B, which includes people age 75 and older, as well as other high-risk populations.

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