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Iowa Plans to Withhold Vaccine From 5 Counties Next Week

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa plans to withhold COVID-19 vaccines from five counties next week because they did not use 80% of their allocations this week, the state’s top health official said Friday.

Kelly Garcia, interim director of the Iowa Department of Public Health, did not name the five counties while discussing the decision with AARP members.

A new state rule requiring the use of at least 80% of a county’s vaccination allotment is designed to reduce the amount of vaccine sitting in storage, The Des Moines Register reported.

Garcia said the decision was not intended to punish the counties but to give them “a little bit of a break to catch up.”

The counties will be given their full allocation the next week if they meet the 80% target, she said.

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