SIOUX CITY (KTIV) - In addition to the usual Pfizer and Moderna vaccine allocations this week, several northwest Iowa counties are expected to receive the newly approved Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
The Iowa Department of Public Health will receive 25,600 Johnson & Johnson vaccines this week and they are being directed to 17 counties.
Included in those counties are Buena Vista, Crawford, Plymouth and Sioux.
The IDPH says these vaccines will be directed to Phase 1B Tier 2 populations. This includes frontline essential workers in food, agriculture, distribution and manufacturing who live or work in settings that make social distancing not possible.
Johnson & Johnson's vaccines requires only one dose and can be stored at normal refrigerator temperatures, making it easier for local health department to distribute and handle.
Health officials say the vaccine has shown to prevent hospitalization and death in clinical trials and has been effective at preventing severe illness from the virus.
In total, Iowa is expected to get over 100,00 doses of COVID-19 vaccine this week.