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2,200 vaccine doses allocated for Black Hawk County

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BLACK HAWK COUNTY, Iowa (KWWL) - The week of Jan. 21, 2021, Black Hawk Public Health was allocated 2,200 doses of COVID-19 vaccines from Iowa Public Health Department.

Despite receiving the most the county has received in terms of COVID-19 vaccines, Dr. Naffisa Cisse Egbuonye stresses patience is needed.

"We really need more vaccines to get through Phase-1A and get into Phase-1B so be patient. Do know we are behind the scenes doing what we need to do," Dr. Egbuonye said.

The doses will help continue the vaccinations within Phase-1A.

Gov. Kim Reynolds announced Thursday, Iowans who are 65 or older are eligible to receive a vaccine Feb. 1.

Dr. Egbuonye and the health department were already figuring out planning phases for the original proclamation which included only Iowans who are 75 or older. Now, the Black Hawk County Public Health Department is figuring out strategies to ask those eligible Iowans on if they'd like to be vaccinated.

She says there's no form to sign up for a vaccine, but wait for a call from your medical provider.

"We are getting those that are ready to be vaccinated come in and get vaccinated, we want the vaccine to go into people's arms," Dr. Egbuonye said.

Previously, Dr. Egbuonye wanted to see more dialogue from the state on vaccine phase guidelines. Now, she says the state proactively gave guidelines for Phase-1B well in advance.

"We are the ones that get the phone calls, our system gets the phone calls, so when there's a proactiveness that occurs, we're better prepared and that's what we want," Dr. Egbuonye.

The Black Hawk County Health Department plans to hold a press conference in one week to talk COVID-19 updates.

Gov. Reynolds noted Iowa is expected weekly vaccine allocation to increase to 39,000 per week by Feb. 9.

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