Reading that Gov. Kim Reynolds stated that access to the COVID-19 vaccination is going to be widened to 660,000 Iowans aged 65 and older and “law enforcement, emergency response, K-12 education and child care will become eligible to receive the doses” beginning on Feb. 1. But also reading that 19,500 doses are currently available per week, I wondered: what is the plan to get those needed two doses into the arms of these Iowans? Where will they be made available? How will they be notified when the vaccine is available in an orderly way? Some states have set up reservation websites and have rolled out mobile vaccination clinics, will Iowa be doing this?
With the current supply available, I’ve calculated that if each of the 660,000 wanted to be vaccinated, it will take roughly 14 months to get the needed two dosages completed. And, as Iowa has about 2 million-plus people beyond this group to go after this most at-risk group, I wonder how many more hospitalized and how many more likely deaths in our state are considered an acceptable number? Finally, why aren’t news agencies and legislators pressing the governor and public health officials for answers?