DES MOINES, Iowa: As the number of Iowa residents who have been vaccinated against Covid rises, the demand has fallen and nearly half of Iowa counties have declined offers for additional supplies of vaccines.
In the meantime, state officials have begun a promotional campaign to encourage those not yet vaccinated to go to clinics to receive their inoculations.
Of Iowa’s 99 counties, 43 recently rejected offers for more vaccinations, the state reported.
However, of these 43 counties, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported that 12 of them have high rates of coronavirus transmissions.
Reporting on the seven-day period ending April 20, Iowa had the 32nd highest daily infection rate in the United States, at 97.2 cases per 100,000 people.
Iowa’s Department of Public Health has requested counties to decline stocks of vaccines if they cannot ensure that they will be used.
An Iowa official has said that the state health department is working with counties “to determine where additional education and public awareness campaigns are needed to gain an understanding of the needs of each county’s unique population.”
On April 20, Iowa officials said that the state had 555 new cases of COVID-19 and five more deaths occurred from the disease during the previous 24 hours, pushing the state’s pandemic death toll to 5,886.