COVID vaccine more accessible in Illinois, parts of Iowa; still unattainable for many


New mass vaccination clinics for the Quad Cities, Springfield area, and the Siouxland, Iowa, area are among the steps the two states are taking as demand for COVID vaccinations continues to outpace supply.

Meanwhile, demand in areas including Dubuque, Des Moines and Cedar Rapids remains so high that those who qualify under expanded eligibility this week may still be waiting weeks for available appointments.

Iowa and Illinois were already among the slowest states to vaccinate even before this week. Now that both states have expanded vaccine eligibility to adults under age 65 who have complicating conditions, including the current or former use of cigarettes, the press for vaccinations is growing. University employees have been told to expect a slower roll-out of vaccinations to them than to many other universities’ employees, reports the Daily Iowan. And Gov. Kim Reynolds has cautioned even the state’s essential workers that it will likely take about five weeks for all of them to get vaccinated, reports [email protected]

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