A Gazette reader asked us about discarded COVID vaccines in Iowa. Here’s what we learned.
Articles Tagged: COVID vaccine
By Erin Murphy, - Gazette Lee Des Moines Bureau
News Aug. 30, 2021 6:00 am
As Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine has earned full approval from the federal regulators, more health care companies and organizations are requiring their employees to get the shot.
As new coronavirus cases surge, local public health agencies are working to ramp up their contact tracing efforts. But officials say those efforts have already been strained in recent weeks as the delta variant drives an alarming spike in infections.
Local health care and public health officials are urging all Linn County residents to get vaccinated and take other mitigation measures as new coronavirus cases surge in recent weeks. Cedar Rapids hospitals say they are seeing an alarming increase in hospitalizations, including among fully vaccinated residents.
Although the City of Iowa City on Thursday night defied state law by mandating masks in all indoor spaces — specifically naming University of Iowa academic buildings and business offices — UI administrators on Friday advised campus leaders the mandate doesn’t apply to them.
All nursing homes will be required to mandate COVID-19 vaccines for its staff, or facilities could lose their federal funding, the Biden administration announced this week. While some state organizations praised the move, others raised concerns about the impact it could have on an already strained workforce.
According to data from the Iowa Department of Public Health, there are 396 COVID-19 patients hospitalized across the state, up from 355 the week before. The last time the state saw similar numbers was January 27 when 408 people were hospitalized.