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Additional Priority Populations Can Begin Getting COVID Vaccine Next Week

March 04, 2021 7:54pm

The Iowa Department of Public Health announces that starting next Monday, March 8th, vaccine providers can officially begin vaccinating additional priority populations.

Individuals age 64 and younger with medical conditions that are, or may be at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19 will be eligible. Buena Vista is one of the counties that will begin vaccinating the added priority populations next week. BV Public Health representative Julie Sather says information on the county's plan will soon be released.

The announcement comes as several Iowa counties have reported that they are nearing completion for vaccinating previous priority population groups. Some counties and vaccine providers will remain focused on previous priority populations until they are closer to completion.

Because vaccine production has not fully met the demand for the vaccine, the Iowa Department of Public Health says Iowans will need to remain patient as vaccine production increases. The White House announced this week that by the end of May, there will be enough vaccine for anyone over the age of 16 who chooses to receive one.

Beginning next Tuesday, March 9th, the 2-1-1 Call Center will be able to assist Iowans age 65 and older who need assistance scheduling an appointment, and don't have access to the technology to do so.

IDPH says it's critical to continue practicing the mitigation measures that can slow the spread of the virus. That includes those that have been vaccinated, as health officials are still learning whether getting a vaccine will prevent someone from spreading COVID-19 to others, even if you don't get sick yourself.