Hy-Vee To Start Getting COVID-19 Vaccines Directly From CDC Monday

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa - Hy-Vee is scheduled to start receiving COVID-19 vaccines directly from from the CDC today.

The store's been named as a national partner in an effort to speed up delivery of doses to people.

Hy-Vee is serving Iowa and South Dakota in the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program.

The store says supply will be very limited in the beginning, but will ramp up in the upcoming weeks.

Iowa continues to rank near the bottom in delivering vaccine shots to its residents.

As of Monday morning, only four states had vaccinated a lower percentage of their populations.

Governor Kim Reynolds says her administration is working with counties and health care providers to find out what's causing slow delivery.

Iowa has delivered vaccines to about ten-and-a-half percent of its residents. By comparison, West Virginia has the highest vaccination rate at nearly 18 percent.

Meanwhile, CDC data shows the number of vaccines delivered to the state is roughly in line with its rank in population.

Iowa ranks 30th in population, and is 33rd in the number of vaccines it has received from the federal government.

Generally, all states have complained the delivery of vaccines is not keeping up with the number of people eligible to receive them. As a result, vaccine providers have been giving doses on an appointment basis, or holding targeted vaccine clinics.

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