DES MOINES, Iowa (KMTV) — On Wednesday, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds provided an update on the state’s fight against COVID-19 and commented and counties in Iowa that have declined additional shipments of vaccines.
On Tuesday, a report revealed that 43 of Iowa’s 99 counties declined additional shipments of COVID-19 vaccines. Twelve of those counties were identified by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as having high rates of virus transmission.
Reynolds confirmed that many Iowans are declining vaccinations. Most of the people who are opting to not get vaccinated are young adults and those who are middle-aged, said Reynolds. The governor said the people who make up the group are those who have been shown to be less likely to have severe reactions to the virus and she believes that may be influencing their decisions.
Reynolds said while people may be hesitant, she challenges them to look into the data on its effectiveness and safety. The state will continue to reach out to community leaders that could sway those who have decided to wait or not get vaccinated.
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