CEDAR RAPIDS (KCRG), Iowa-Last Friday, officials from the Iowa Department of Public Health clarified how to determine the priority of who gets Johnson and Johnson’s single-dose COVID-19 vaccine. Prior to this, our i9 investigation department filed a detailed complaint with local public health officials, urging the state to use these doses for vulnerable populations. These include the homeless, people in prisons or immigrants.
The Linn County email to the state mentioned fairness, hoping to have more control over who vaccinated Johnson & Johnson and Johnson & Johnson. The county health leader said that for people who are unlikely to have a second date, it is best to use a dose of vaccine. It may be people who do not speak English, people living in transitional housing, prisoners or homeless people.
Although the state allocated thousands of doses to counties for this purpose, 700 doses were allocated to Lynn County, but it also provided thousands of doses to universities and manufacturing companies. Linn County Public Health believes it is much easier to schedule a second dose for these groups.
The county specifically pointed to the 3,200 doses Johnson and Johnson provided to Collins Aerospace employees. The county believes that it is easy to give these employees the two doses of the internal health clinic. Today, we contacted the company to learn more about why their employees need one dose instead of two. They have not yet returned to us.
On Friday, the leaders of the Iowa Department of Public Health clarified that its goal is to vaccinate people quickly. It hopes to let college students go home first, and then mobilize employees.
The state said Collins was part of the first round of Johnson & Johnson vaccine. That is for food processors and manufacturing facilities that cannot keep their distance from society.
At the same time, the leader of Willis Dady told us that it plans to work with Mercy officials to use Johnson & Johnson and Johnson vaccines to vaccinate the homeless within a few weeks.
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