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More Iowa Counties Decline At Least A Portion of COVID Vaccine Doses Next Week

May 03, 2021 9:03am

Iowa is turning down nearly three quarters of the COVID vaccine doses available to the state from the federal government because demand for the shots remains weak.

The Iowa Department of Public Health and Safety said the state asked the federal government to withhold 71-percent of more than 105-thousand vaccine doses that were available for the week of May 10th. This is the second week in a row that the state has asked the federal government to hold back part of its allocation of vaccine doses.

88 of Iowa’s 99 counties have reportedly told the state they don’t need all or part of their weekly vaccine allocations for next week. That’s an increase from the 80 counties that declined vaccine shipments for this week, and the 43 counties that declined all or part of their allocations last week.

Demand for the vaccines appears to have peaked in early April across Iowa when the state set a record by giving over 51-thousand shots in one day. By last week, the highest daily total of vaccines given was only a little more than 23-thousand.

As of Saturday, over 56-percent of all Iowa adults had received at least one dose of the vaccine, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

(from Iowa AP)