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Gov. Reynolds Urges Iowans to be Vaccinated, Despite J&J Scare

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Gov. Kim Reynolds says the temporary pause in the use of the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine should be manageable for Iowa.

Reynolds says the one-dose vaccine accounts for a small portion of its weekly allocation due to manufacturing issues. The governor got the J&J vaccine on March 4. 

In the meantime, Reynolds urged Iowans to seek out the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines and keep an open mind while the state waits for further federal guidance.

While news of a serious reaction to the J&J vaccine is concerning, it's important that we don't jump to conclusions prematurely before more details are known.

Federal officials urged providers to stop using the vaccine on Tuesday while they investigate instances of extremely rare blood clots in six people who received it.

Iowa’s Regents universities will not be requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for the upcoming school year. The president of the Board of Regents made the announcement at a meeting today.

small but growing number of colleges and universities are mandating that students get the shot, arguing it’s the best approach for a safe return to campus life.

Board president Michael Richards made clear that won’t be the case for Iowa’s public universities.

 “While we continue to strongly encourage members of our campus community to get vaccinated, the Regents universities will not be mandating vaccinations for any student [or] employees.”

Colleges and universities have long required students get certain vaccinations before coming to campus. According to NPR, more than a dozen schools are mandating the COVID-19 shot.

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