As each day passes, more and more Iowans are receiving their first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
According to federal reports and the Des Moines Register, as of yesterday almost 2% (1.7% to be exact) of Iowans have received at least their first dose of the vaccine. This means that 54,755 Iowans are theoretically on their way to COVID immunity.
When the vaccine was announced in mid-December, the Iowa Department of Public Health was expecting 172,000 doses in the state by the end of the month. The actual count is around 116,000.
The first doses were given and focused on frontline health-care workers and nursing home staff and residents. After those communities are vaccinated, the state will shift their attention to the elderly and professionals that may be at high risk.
The health department plans soon to create a dashboard to update the public on the progress of vaccination in the state.