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Reynolds: State miscalculated percentage of Iowans 65+ that had received vaccine dose

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JOHNSTON, Iowa (KWWL/AP) -- Governor Kim Reynolds provided an update on the state's vaccination efforts during a press conference on Wednesday.

She mentioned that Iowa is still on track to allow any adult a coronavirus vaccine as of April 5. Reynolds urged people to be patient, as it could be weeks before many people can book an appointment to get vaccinated.

She also addressed the state's vaccination numbers. 21.3% of Iowa's eligible population age 18 and up have received a single dose, which Reynolds says is 6th in the nation and more than 517,000 Iowans are fully vaccinated.

Reynolds said that 82 percent of Iowans 65 and older have received at least one dose. In a previous news conference, Reynolds had said that 95 percent of Iowans 65 and older had received at least one dose. She said on Wednesday that when the CDC first began reporting the numbers last week, there was a major difference between the CDC's data and the state's data.

An error was discovered in a worksheet used for calculations, which accounted for the discrepancy. As a result, the state was reporting a higher percentage of Iowans 65 and older having received at least one dose of the vaccine.

Reynolds says there will still be some variability due to the fact that the state uses Iowa census data to calculate age-specific results and the CDC uses population estimates.

Despite the decrease in percentage, Iowa's vaccination rate of individuals 65 and older still ranks in the top 10 in the nation.

Vaccine allocations will also begin to pick up next week, with the state expecting to see an increase of about 25,000 doses, for a total of more than 128,000 doses.

Reynolds also mentioned that the state is working to open up the 211 vaccine navigator call service to other eligible Iowans in the coming weeks.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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