DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa health officials said Tuesday that 80 of the state’s 99 counties declined some or all of their COVID-19 vaccine doses for next week, showing that demand for immunizations is dropping dramatically.
Iowa had fully vaccinated just over 1 million people as of Tuesday, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That is 32% of the population and is the 14th highest vaccination rate in the nation.
CDC data shows that 43% of Iowans have had at least one vaccine dose, which offers at least some protection.
Iowa Department of Public Health spokeswoman Sarah Ekstrand said the decrease in vaccine demand is a trend happening in several other states, and health officials are working with community leaders to understand the source of the resistance.
“Because a significant portion of the eligible population has been vaccinated and demand is decreasing, it’s reasonable that the pace of administration may be slower in some areas,” she