116 3rd St SE
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52401
More than 600,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in Iowa, according to the Iowa Department of Public Health.
Of those, 581,472 went to Iowa residents.
As of 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, 303,407 people have received the first of the two-dose series, while 150,538 have received both doses.
In Linn County, 43,647 vaccine doses had been administered as of Tuesday afternoon. The number of those in Linn County who have completed the vaccination was 11,437, or 6.56 percent of the adult population.
In Johnson County, 40,535 doses had been administered, with 12,696 having completed both shots - or 10.48 percent of the county's adult population.
Clinic helping older Iowans
The new vaccination totals come as a free medical clinic in Cedar Rapids announced it has established a waitlist for older Iowans unable to get a vaccination appointment online.
Starting Wednesday, Iowans 65 and older can call the Community Health Free Clinic at (319) 200-2550 to add their name to a list of people wanting to get the vaccine.
The phone line will be open Monday through Thursday from 9 to 11 a.m.
Callers will need to have the following information available to add their name to the clinic's waitlist:
' Legal name
' Date of birth
' Two phone numbers where the clinic can reach them
' Their mother's maiden name
People also can mail their information to the Community Health Free Clinic, or drop it into the dropbox outside the building. The clinic's address is 947 14th Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids 52401.
Then, as the clinic receives its weekly allocations of COVID-19 vaccines, officials will call people on that waitlist to schedule an appointment.
People do not have to be patients at the clinic to receive a shot.
Iowa reported 721 new coronavirus cases and 15 new, confirmed deaths in the 24-hour period ending at 11 a.m. Wednesday.
The new numbers bring the state's total of cases to 334,104 and deaths to 5,415 since last March, according to the Iowa Department of Public Health.
Iowa's seven-day average for new cases is 524.
The 721 new cases were identified in 18,904 tests over the 24-hour period.
Of the new cases, 110 were among youths up to age 17, bringing the total of minors infected with the virus in Iowa to 37,593. One new case was reported among education workers, bringing that total to 7,720.
Linn County added new 24 cases, bringing the county total to 19,310. The county's seven-day average is 23.
Johnson County added 17 new cases, for a total of 12,987. Johnson County's seven-day average is 17.
Of the 15 deaths reported Wednesday, six were of people over 80 years old, eight were 61 to 80 and one was 41 to 60.
The newly reported deaths took place between Jan. 9 and Feb. 21.
Buchanan, Dubuque and Marion counties each reported two deaths.
Counties reporting one death each were Fayette, Humboldt, Johnson, Madison, Polk, Scott, Warren, Washington and Worth.
Across the state, the number of hospitalizations increased from 227 to 233 within the 24-hour period ending at 11 a.m. Wednesday.
Patients in intensive care dipped from 58 to 57, and patients on ventilators dropped from 25 to 23.
As of Wednesday, 20 of Iowa's long-term care facilities were experiencing virus outbreaks. Within those facilities, 523 people were positive with COVID-19. Since the start of the pandemic, 2,150 people within facilities have died due to the virus.
Who can get the vaccine?
Front-line health care workers, residents and staff at long-term care facilities, and Iowans 65 and older are eligible to receive vaccines now.
Iowans under 65 may qualify for a vaccine if they meet criteria in the groups below. The tiers of Phase 1B are ranked in order of vaccination priority:
' Tier 1: First responders such as firefighters, police officers and child welfare social workers; school staff and early childhood education and child care workers.
' Tier 2: Food, agriculture, distribution and manufacturing workers who work or live in congregate settings that don't allow for social distancing; people with disabilities living in home settings and their caregivers.
' Tier 3: Staff and residents in congregate living settings that include shelters, behavioral health treatment centers, sober living homes and detention centers (but not college dorms); government officials and staff working at the Iowa Capitol during the legislative session.
' Tier 4: Inspectors responsible for hospital, long-term care and child safety.
' Tier 5: Correctional facility staff and incarcerated people in state and local facilities.
People who don't meet those criteria will have to wait. The state will announce when other ages and occupational categories qualify.
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John McGlothlen of The Gazette contributed.