New Iowa Website for Scheduling Vaccinations
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Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds announced this morning at her news conference that the state has selected Microsoft to develop a website for Iowans statewide to schedule vaccinations. Reynolds says it should be up and running in two weeks. Reynolds also said that the biggest problem of all of this is that the state has not received enough of the vaccine.
State officials are evaluating which counties cannot dispense at least 80% of their weekly share of vaccine doses. Starting next week, any county that cannot meet that threshold will see their allotment of doses allocated to another county. Also, the governor said Walgreens will schedule appointments for 10,000 unused doses for Iowans yet this week.
Today, Siouxland District Health says that appointments for the COVID-19 vaccine public clinic planned for February 17 will be opened up for registration today at 3:00 PM. Individuals eligible for the vaccine include Tier 1B priority groups.
That group includes people 65 or older, first responders including firefighters, police officers, child welfare social workers, PK-12 school staff, early childhood education staff, and childcare workers. There have been 17 new cases added to the total case count in Woodbury County in the last 24 hours.
The Iowa Department of Public Health reported 1,035 new positive COVID-19 cases and 29 additional deaths today.