Iowa Gov. Reynolds: 172k COVID vaccine doses expected in December

Posted at 11:10 AM, Dec 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-03 19:42:32-05

DES MOINES, Iowa (KMTV) — On Thursday, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds held an update on the state's COVID-19 response efforts and expected COVID-19 vaccine distribution plans.

Pending approval of Pfizer and Moderna’s versions of the COVID-19 vaccine, Reynolds expects supplies to arrive starting on the week of Dec. 13. As is the case in other states, healthcare workers and personnel, as well as clients in long-term care facilities, will receive the first vaccines.

Reynolds said she expects doses will be available to the general public by mid-2021 and urged people to continue to practice spread-mitigation efforts.

To handle the distribution, the state is partnering with pharmacies to administer inoculations at long-term care facilities.

Reynolds also said the state will be adopting new quarantine recommendations from the CDC. The recommendations call for 7 days of isolation for those who show no symptoms and test negative and 10 days for those who are asymptomatic but don't test.

Read more: CDC reduces 14-day quarantine recommendation to 7-10 days

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