Grassley, Ernst Question Whether Iowa is Getting Fair Share of Vaccines

WASHINGTON, DC - Iowa's two Republican Senators are questioning whether Iowa is getting its fair share of COVID-19 vaccines.

Senators Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst have sent a letter to the CDC, asking the agency to release its formula for sending vaccines to states.

The letter comes after Governor Kim Reynolds has called for the state to receive a larger supply of doses.

CDC numbers as of this morning do not show that Iowa is dramatically lagging behind other states in getting COVID-19 shots.

Iowa ranks 30th in population among U.S. states, and currently ranks 33rd in the number of vaccines received.

The letter from Grassley and Ernst questions the CDC numbers and asks for more transparency.

“Iowans must have confidence we are receiving our fair share of vaccines. I appreciate the CDC routinely releasing state-by-state vaccine data for allocation, doses delivered, and administration. However, it is difficult to determine based on this data whether Iowa is receiving its fair share,” the senators wrote in a letter to the CDC director.

“If the CDC publishes the week-to-week formula and key details, this transparency will ensure Iowans and all Americans can confirm the federal government is fairly allocating vaccines and build confidence in the vaccine distribution process.”

Read the full letter here.

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