Sen. Grassley urges Iowans to get COVID vaccine when available

Posted at 3:17 PM, Dec 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-21 16:17:16-05

WASHINGTON (KMTV) — Sen. Chuck Grassley is urging his fellow Iowans to get the coronavirus vaccine when it's available to them.

In remarks released Monday, Iowa's senior senator said "Getting immunized is the only way we’ll beat the virus and get back our way of life. History will show America turned the page on the pandemic when all of us rolled up our sleeves."

Right now, coronavirus vaccines developed by Pfizer and Moderna have only been made available to select groups. The general public is expected to receive access sometime in 2021.

"When public health officials say it’s your turn to get the vaccine, roll up your sleeve," Grassley said.

The coronavirus vaccine will require two shots taken a few weeks apart.

Sen. Joni Ernst, Iowa's junior senator, received her first dose over the weekend. President-elect Joe Biden took his first dose on Monday.

It's unclear when Grassley will receive his first dose but he says he will take the vaccine when it's his turn. The 87-year-old battled the virus last month.

The pandemic has claimed over 300,000 American lives since beginning in March.

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