JOHNSTON, Iowa (KTIV) - Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds says all Iowa residents 16 and up will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations on April 5 as long as supply projections are met.
During a news conference Wednesday, Reynolds said the federal government is promising a surge in supply in late March that will enable enough vaccinations to meet much larger demand.
"I'm announcing that all Iowans will be eligible for vaccinations starting Monday, April 5, as as the vaccine allocation increases as we've been told that we are expecting," said Reynolds.
Reynolds says she'll have a better idea of exactly how many vaccines the state can expect after her White House call next week. On Tuesday, the White House announced that over 22 million doses of the vaccine will be distributed across the country in the next week.
As of right now, vaccinations are only available to adults in certain occupations, people older than 65 or those who have qualifying health conditions.
But even with this expansion in eligibility, there are still restrictions when it comes to vaccines when it comes to age. According to the CDC, the Pfizer vaccine is only available for anyone 16 and up. While the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are available for anyone 18 and up.
Reynolds says the state doesn't plan to offer new ways to help people sign up for vaccinations, but she argued the main issue was adequate supply and not issues around scheduling.
President Joe Biden has said he wants all Americans to be eligible for the vaccine by May 1. Reynolds had previously mentioned that she expects Iowa to beat the president's deadline.
Despite the governor's promising announcement, it is unclear if all counties will be prepared to open eligibility to all adults by April 5. After the state announced those ages 16 to 64 with medical conditions were eligible, several counties voiced concerns about not being ready to move forward in vaccinating more groups.
JOHNSTON, Iowa (KTIV) - Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds is scheduled to hold a news conference Wednesday morning at 11 a.m. to provide an update on the state's response to COVID-19 and its vaccine rollout.
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We'll have the latest updates from the news conference tonight on KTIV News 4.