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COVID Vaccine 65 and Older Data ; Appointments Still Available for BV County Clinic This Week

March 24, 2021 9:07am

State officials say they made a mathematical error when calculating how many Iowans over the age of 65 have had a Covid shot.

A week ago, Governor Kim Reynolds announced 95-percent of Iowans over the age of 64 had received at least one dose of Covid vaccine. State officials now say that figure is 82-percent of the 65-plus. The error was made because Iowa Department of Public Health staff were counting doses, not people. That means people who got both doses of Covid vaccine were counted twice.

According to Buena Vista County Public Health, 755 BV County residents that are 65 and over have received their first dose only...1,445 have completed their two-dose series...89 have completed their single-dose vaccination. In all, 1,534 BV County residents 65 and up have been completely vaccinated.

Julie Sather of Buena Vista County Public Health says there are still appointments available for the mass vaccination clinic tomorrow (Thur) at King's Pointe Resort. Call 749-2548.

Nearly 89-hundred total doses have been administered in Buena Vista County, according to the state's coronavirus website.

Approximately 1.3-million doses have been administered statewide, with 505-thousand series completed.

The state's vaccination figures do not match the Centers for Disease Control's data, which shows 76-percent of Iowans over the age of 64 have gotten at least a first dose of vaccine. Iowa officials say they're using the latest U.S. Census data, and the C-D-C is using averages based on total population.

The C-D-C ranks Iowa tenth among the states in the percentage of residents over the age of 64 that have had at least one Covid shot.

(thanks to Radio Iowa for contributing to this story)