Iowa City resident excited to be a part of second phase of vaccines

Published: Jan. 21, 2021 at 10:52 PM CST
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IOWA CITY, Iowa (KCRG) - Thursday, the state announced it would change the age range of the second phase of COVID-19 vaccines.

It would now include people 65 and older. That added about a half-million Iowans to the next phase. However, the lack of vaccine allocation to the state of Iowa has some in the new age range worried about when they would receive their shot.

“I’ll be ok for a while, and then I’ll turn the news on and see 400-thousand people that died,” said Sharon Swan of Iowa City. “I might have a bad dream after that.”

Swan hasn’t visited family and has only met with friends outside during the pandemic. She has received more than ten COVID-19 tests. She said, since the pandemic started, she had been spending more time learning guitar songs, reading, and making new dishes.

The announcement Thursday that she would be in the next eligible group to receive the vaccine was news she had been waiting for.

“It would protect me more from getting the virus,” said Swan. “I don’t know, maybe I could beat it if I caught COVID-19, but the vaccine would add protection.”

The state said vaccinations for the next phase would start the first week of February. While she welcomed the idea, she worries about the supply of vaccines.

“I went to the mailbox and ran into one of the pharmacy techs who was vaccinated Wednesday,” she said. “I asked her when the 65 and older group would be getting a vaccine, and she told me they don’t know anything,” she said.

While there was still a lot of unknown surrounding distribution Thursday, Swan said the announcement brought her hope that the pandemic might soon be a thing of the past.

“It was a sign things were getting better,” she said. “I truly believe that.”

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