The state of Iowa could begin giving COVID-19 vaccines as early as Dec. 28, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds said Wednesday.
Reynolds said hospitals across the state that will receive initial shipments have been notified and that the approval of those vaccines could come by the end of the week
The first doses will be given to healthcare workers and long-term care facilities and workers.
“The ultimate goal is that we can manage this over the next few months,” Reynolds said.
She also said the state will have around 100 nurses that will be assigned throughout the state to help Iowa hospitals that are in need.
More than 80 of those are expected to begin work by the end of the week.
Additionally, Reynolds announced that MercyOne, which has locations around northern Iowa, has developed a transfer line so that any hospital can move a patient to another facility.
Reynolds also said the emergency proclamation will be extended to Dec. 16. There were some changes, including allowing the return of youth and adult sports and recreation events.