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Iowa counties must now administer 80% of allocated vaccines to receive next shipment

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(KWWL) -- The Iowa Department of Health is announcing a new policy with the hopes of speeding up the state's vaccination process.

As of this week, counties must administer 80 percent of their vaccine allocations before they can get more vaccines.

If a county doesn't meet that threshold, the Iowa Department of Public Health will investigate the reason for the delay.

If a valid reason is found to explain the shortfall, the county will continue to receive its planned allocation. If no reason is found, the county's vaccine allocation will pause for one week.

KWWL asked the IDPH how many counties are not meeting the 80 percent threshold, but the department's response did not include the answer.

Iowa has distributed just under 69 percent of the doses it has been allocated and over 95,000 individuals have completed the series.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Iowa has administered 11,150 doses per 100,000 people. The states with lower rates are Idaho, Kansas, Missouri, Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia.

According to the New York Times vaccine tracker, 8.2 percent of Iowans have received at least one dose of the vaccine, which is near the bottom.

The state has recently announced a partnership with Microsoft to create an online vaccination scheduling system.

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