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COVID-19 Eligibility

Level 1b expected to be approved in early February

Due to the current and short-term projections for vaccine allocation for Iowa, IDAC recommends the following, more narrowly defined, eligible populations for Phase 1b:

Persons aged >_ 75 years OR the following populations vulnerable to high risk of exposure of severity of illness:

  • Individuals with disabilities living in home settings whom are dependent on attendant care staff, and their attendant care staff, if not otherwise vaccinated under Phase 1a.

  • Correctional facility staff and individuals incarcerated, including state and city or county operated facilities.

  • Staff of and individuals living in congregate settings, not covered by the first two bullets, including shelters, sober living homes, behavioral health treatment centers, and detention centers.  College dormitories shall not be included as part of Phase 1b.

  • Where public health data indicates outbreaks or clusters of disease among food, agriculture, distribution and manufacturing workers whom work in or live in congregate settings that do not allow for social distancing.  For example, working in a meatpacking or manufacturing production line or migrant workers whom live in bunk-room style housing.

  • PK-12 school staff, early childhood education, and childcare workers.  Sub-prioritization should consider persons who work with younger and at-risk children in care, to better ensure child well-being and mitigate impact to parent workforce.

  • First responders (e.g., firefighters, police officers and dependent adult abuse and child welfare social workers).

Vaccine allocation strategy for Phase 1b, while a vaccine shortage exists:

  • 50% of the vaccine allocation shall be dedicated to priority age populations and individuals of all ages with co-morbidities.

  • 50% of the vaccine allocation shall be dedicated to the populations vulnerable to high risk of exposure of severity of illness.

  • Allocations shall be monitored and adjusted to ensure efficient and timely use of available vaccine doses.

Allocation of vaccine shall be based on available U.S. Census population data, proportionate to the county.  Exceptions and allocation adjustments will be made for priority groups IF the distribution of specific populations are inconsistent with U.S. Census data.  In addition, modifications in allocations maybe taken to adjust for disproportionate workforce in less populated counties. 

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