DES MOINES, Iowa (KWWL) — By the end of this week, the Hawkeye State will have received over 100,000 vaccine doses from the U.S. government.
With the emergency authorization of Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose shot on Saturday, Iowa will receive its first shipment of 25,600 doses, in addition to the Moderna and Pfizer allocations.
The 25,600 doses will be distributed to 17 Iowa counties with significant populations in Tier 2 of Phase 1B of the state’s vaccination plan. These include frontline essential workers in food, agriculture, distribution, and manufacturing as well as those with disabilities.
These counties will be receiving this week’s Johnson & Johnson allocation:
- Black Hawk
- Buena Vista
- Cerro Gordo
According to the IDPH, Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine was shown to be 85% effective at preventing severe illness from the virus and completely prevented hospitalization and death in clinical trials.
Along with being only one dose, this vaccine does not need to be frozen like the others and can be stored at normal refrigerator temperatures.
Dr. Anthony Fauci has urged people to take any vaccine that is available to them.
The state will provide updates on changes to allocations of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine in the coming weeks.
You can find more vaccine information at kwwl.com/vaccine.