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Iowa Continues to Order Fewer COVID Vaccine Doses

June 10, 2021 9:06am

Demand for COVID vaccine in Iowa has dropped dramatically in recent weeks, with the state ordering fewer doses each week and sliding downward in its national ranking of fully vaccinated people.

Iowa ordered 2,450 doses for this week, with 16 out of Iowa’s 99 counties ordering doses, according to Department of Public Health spokeswoman Sarah Ekstrand.

Last week, the state ordered over 52-hundred doses. Over 78-hundred were ordered the week before.

State public health officials have decided to no longer automatically allocate doses to every county each week, and instead will survey the counties and determine the need for each week and order only that amount.

State data shows a significant decline in the number of doses administered per day since Mid-April when an average of nearly 31-thousand doses a day were being administered in Iowa. That has fallen to an average of less than seven-thousand doses a day in the past week.

Iowa has been slipping in its ranking among states for the percentage of the population fully vaccinated. Iowa ranks 21st in the nation with 1.4 million people, or nearly 45-percent fully vaccinated, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Two weeks ago Iowa was 17th.

Over 100 Buena Vista County residents have completed their vaccination series in the last week.

In April, Governor Reynolds set a goal of reaching 75-percent of Iowa adults vaccinated by the end of June. As of Tuesday, nearly 53-percent of Iowans age 18 and older have been fully vaccinated, and over 62-percent have had at least one dose.