All those over age of 18 eligible for vaccine

As of yesterday, April 5, anyone over the age of 18 is eligible to receive the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine, while anyone 16 or older is able to receive the Pfizer vaccine.

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds in her Wednesday, March 31 weekly press conference, said state officials in Iowa are preparing for an influx of COVID-19 vaccine demand once eligibility opened.

“Even though the vaccine supply is increasing, there still —at this point —won't be enough doses to vaccinate everyone immediately,” Reynolds said. "Our local public health departments and our vaccine providers statewide have proven time and time again that our system of vaccine distribution and administration is working extremely well. We're just waiting for those allocations to continue to increase to states across the country.”

Additionally, the state's 211 call center is scheduling appointments for anyone over the age of 65, as well as those 18-64 with underlying health conditions. Dialing 211 and selecting number 9 to speak with a vaccine navigator can schedule an appointment at a nearby pharmacy scheduled, explained Reynolds.

"These are individuals who can't schedule an appointment on their own, whether that's due to technology issues or language barriers," she said.

Lastly, Reynolds said the state will begin distributing vaccines to colleges around the state to help vaccinate students and staff before the end of the spring semester.

IDPH officials urge all Iowans to continue practicing the mitigation measures that can slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

• Wear a mask or face covering

• Practice social distancing with those outside your household

• Clean your hands frequently with soap and water

• Stay home if you feel sick

• Get tested if you are exposed to, or have symptoms of COVID-19

• Get a COVID-19 vaccine when you are eligible

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