Statewide Iowa — Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds says Iowa is scheduled to receive its first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines for younger children sometime this week. The dosage level will be different for kids between the ages of five and 11 than it has been for adults.
In the next couple of weeks, the FDA and CDC are expected to approve giving Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to children who’re five through 11 years of age. Reynolds is making it clear she will oppose vaccine mandates in Iowa elementary schools.
But Reynolds says parents should make the decision about whether their children get a COVID shot.
Reynolds says she opposes employment-related vaccine mandates for adults and may join a lawsuit challenging President Biden’s order, once the rule-making is done, to require vaccinations in the military, in the health care industry and in private companies with more than 99 employees.
That latest information shows two-thirds of Iowa adults are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Among Iowa teenagers, 45 percent of 16 and 17 year olds are vaccinated and 39 percent of Iowa kids between the ages of 12 and 15 are vaccinated.