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Black Hawk County Supervisors ask Gov. Reynolds for quicker vaccine distribution

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WATERLOO, Iowa (KWWL) -- The Black Hawk County Board of Supervisors is asking Governor Kim Reynolds for faster COVID-19 vaccine distribution and more details on the timeline and expected number of doses for the county.

The five-person board unanimously approved a letter outlining their concerns Tuesday. The letter says vaccines should "be distributed in a more expeditious manner" and calls on the state to make its "COVID vaccine distribution strategy more fluid."

As of Monday, 2,918 Black Hawk County residents had received an initial dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, according to the Iowa Department of Public Health.

State guidance about the Phase 1B priority groups was released Tuesday. Phase 1B includes people 75 and older, correctional staff, inmates, people with disabilities receiving home care, school staff, first responders, workers in congregate settings where distancing is difficult, like the Tyson and John Deere plants in Waterloo, and others.

The full letter from the Black Hawk County Board of Supervisors can be found here:

Trevor Oates

Executive Producer

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