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IDPH unveils new release dates, vaccine amounts for Moderna, Pfizer – KCCI Des Moines

CHRIS GOTHNER, KCCI 8, IOWA’S NEWS LEADER. RHEYA: THANKS, CHRIS. IS IOWA ABOUT TO FACE A COVID-19 VACCINE SHORTAGE? LAST NIGHT STATE HEALTH OFFICIALS WARNED IOWA’S VACCINE SHIPMENT MAY BE REDUCED BY AS MUCH AS 30% THAN PREVIOUSLY PROMISED, BUT, TODAY, THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES SAYS THAT’S NOT TRUE. IN A STATEMENT RELEASED TO KCCI BY HHS, THEY SAY THEY ARE “DONE WITH THE INITIAL SHIPMENTS OF PFIZER VACCINE, JURISDICTIONS WILL RECEIVE VACCINE AT DIFFERENT SITES OVER SEVERAL DAYS. THIS EASES THE BURDEN ON THE JURISDICTIONS AND SPREADS THE WORKLOAD ACROSS MULTIPLE DAYS. THIS SAME PROCESS WAS SUCCESSFULLY USED FOR THE INITIAL DISTRIBUTION OF PFIZER’S VACCINE. THE IOWA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH SAYS IT STILL PLANS TO START VACCINATIONS AT LONG TERM CARE FACILITIES THE WEEK OF DECEMBER 28. HOWEVER, WHEN THOSE VACCINATIO

IDPH unveils new release dates, vaccine amounts for Moderna, Pfizer

On Thursday evening, the Iowa Department of Public Health shared how many doses of COVID-19 vaccines they’re expecting, and when they’re planning for the vaccines to arrive. This comes after the FDA advisory panel supported the Moderna vaccine for emergency use on Thursday evening. In the past 24 hours, there’s been debate over how many doses the state will receive from the federal government. Wednesday night, state health officials said that the federal government was reducing the number of vaccines they would be providing specific states. However, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services corrected reports on Thursday morning stating that the IDPH’s claims were “incorrect.” Thursday evening the IDPH sent a list of “revised vaccine allocation from the (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).”In the release, state health officials said there will be 19,500 Pfizer vaccines and 53,800 Moderna vaccines arriving Sunday, Dec. 20. An additional 19,500 Pfizer vaccines and 19,500 Moderna vaccines are expected to arrive on Sunday, Dec. 27. “Despite these revisions, IDPH is committed to initiating the national pharmacy program for long-term care facilities the week of Dec. 28 as planned, though the original timeline for completion will be impacted,” the IDPH released in its statement. “The Infectious Disease Advisory Council (IDAC), will convene within the next 48 hours to discuss how changes in allocation numbers will affect the prioritization of and timeline for healthcare personnel receiving the vaccine.”Earlier this week 26,000 Pfizer vaccines arrived in Iowa and were administered to health care providers. The latest release doesn’t address the federal government’s comments, but it does state, “as we have said all along, these are planning numbers that will continue to change.”

On Thursday evening, the Iowa Department of Public Health shared how many doses of COVID-19 vaccines they’re expecting, and when they’re planning for the vaccines to arrive.

This comes after the FDA advisory panel supported the Moderna vaccine for emergency use on Thursday evening.

In the past 24 hours, there’s been debate over how many doses the state will receive from the federal government. Wednesday night, state health officials said that the federal government was reducing the number of vaccines they would be providing specific states.

However, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services corrected reports on Thursday morning stating that the IDPH’s claims were “incorrect.”

Thursday evening the IDPH sent a list of “revised vaccine allocation from the (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).”

In the release, state health officials said there will be 19,500 Pfizer vaccines and 53,800 Moderna vaccines arriving Sunday, Dec. 20. An additional 19,500 Pfizer vaccines and 19,500 Moderna vaccines are expected to arrive on Sunday, Dec. 27.

“Despite these revisions, IDPH is committed to initiating the national pharmacy program for long-term care facilities the week of Dec. 28 as planned, though the original timeline for completion will be impacted,” the IDPH released in its statement. “The Infectious Disease Advisory Council (IDAC), will convene within the next 48 hours to discuss how changes in allocation numbers will affect the prioritization of and timeline for healthcare personnel receiving the vaccine.”

Earlier this week 26,000 Pfizer vaccines arrived in Iowa and were administered to health care providers.

The latest release doesn’t address the federal government’s comments, but it does state, “as we have said all along, these are planning numbers that will continue to change.”

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