Mobile vaccination clinics may be headed to ballparks, farmers’ markets
Iowans may soon have a chance to get a COVID-19 jab with their hotdog at the ballpark or with their fresh produce from the local farmers’ market, Gov. Kim Reynolds said Wednesday.
Iowa has seen slowing demand for the vaccine. The number of doses administered in Iowa dropped 10 percent compared to a week ago, according to the Washington Post. Not quite a third of Iowans, 32.2 percent, have been fully vaccinated, according to the Post, and 43.4 percent have received one shot.
Eighty of Iowa’s 99 counties refused their full supply of new vaccine doses this week in response to lower demand, the Iowa Department of Public Health reported.
Reynolds said the state is looking at locations where it can send mobile vaccination clinics starting in May. “We’re just looking for unique ways that we can go to where Iowans are gathering and have a mobile clinic there,” she said during a news conference.
Reynolds said the mobile clinics will also provide information to Iowans who have questions about the vaccine. “It’ll just be an all-of-the-above resource,” she said.
Iowa is continuing to see a decline in new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. Iowa’s average of 393 new cases per day was down 14 percent over the past two weeks, according to New York Times data.
Reynolds cheers progress of ‘vaccine passport’ ban
Reynolds also indicated she is pleased with the progress of a bill she requested from lawmakers to prohibit businesses and other public venues from requiring proof of vaccination for admission.
A reporter asked her whether she agreed with the language of House File 889, which exempts health care facilities from the ban on “vaccine passports.” Some advocates for the legislation asked lawmakers this week to remove the exception, citing fears that unvaccinated people could be denied health care. Lawmakers said this week they were unwilling to change language that had been negotiated with both chambers and the governor’s office.
Reynolds did not specifically address the exemption but said she’d continue to work with lawmakers. “It was a place to start. It was language that we had agreed on but we’ll continue to work with both the House and Senate and see where we end up,” she said, adding that she was encouraged the bill received bipartisan support in committees of both chambers.