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Local first responders received their COVID-19 vaccines. What do rollout plans look like now?

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WATERLOO, Iowa (KWWL) -- After 307 days of waiting, some members of Waterloo Fire Rescue received their first dose of the Moderna vaccine Wednesday morning.

LOCAL:

The department, along with other first responders, is a part of phase 1B of Iowa's allocation plans. Waterloo Fire Chief Pat Treloar and firefighter Benjamin Lowe said they're elated.

"We've been patiently waiting, and we're happy that the day has finally arrived," Treloar said.

"Not only will I feel more comfortable being at home after I leave shift during the day, but also knowing my children are protected when they go out to school," Lowe said.

WHAT'S NEXT?

Although many Iowans who aren't on the frontlines are still waiting their turn, UIHC Infectious Disease Specialist Dr. Patricia Winokur said she's pleased with the state's rollout plans.

"I think Iowa has done a good job at trying to get the vaccine out quickly," Winokur said.

Guidelines for Phase 1B, from the Iowa Department of Public Health

WHAT TO DO:

Whether you receive the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, the procedure remains the same.

IF ELIGIBLE FOR THE VACCINE, YOU MUST:

  • Make an appointment
  • Sign in
  • Wait your turn
  • Get your dose
  • Schedule for your second dose

Winokur said it's crucial that people do not skip the second dose.

"That second dose is really important to really solidify the immune response to the spike protein and protecting people," Winokur said. "We do not think at this point and time that you get the most robust response with one dose."

MORE RESOURCES:

  • For more COVID-19 vaccine updates, click HERE.
  • Need help scheduling your vaccine appointment? Click HERE.

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Alaina Kwan

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