Governor Kim Reynolds gives an update on Phase 1B of the vaccine
OTTUMWA, Iowa (KYOU) - Earlier this month Iowans were going through what was known as the Phase 1A distribution of the Coronavirus vaccine. In an early morning press conference, Governor Reynolds released an update on the next phase which is 1B, and broke the distribution process down into tiers.
Starting February 1st, Tier one will be intended for first responders such as law enforcement, firefighters, and social workers, along with pre-k through 12 staff and childcare workers. Tier 2 will be frontline essential workers in food, agriculture, and manufacturing. Tier 3 will go to government officials including staff engaged in business at the State Capitol.
Tier 4 will be for inspectors responsible for health, life, and safety, and lastly, Tier 5 will be intended for correctional facility staff and individuals incarcerated. Gov. Reynolds says due to the amount of the vaccine, extra doses may not be requested.
“This does not mean we can open vaccination up to all Iowans or even those who have been prioritized. The national vaccine supply remains limited, each state is being allocated a weekly amount and despite conflicting information that’s been communicated over the last couple of weeks, states can not place orders for additional vaccines. "
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