The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Emergency Use Authorization for Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine. Iowa will begin receiving shipments of Moderna doses the week of December 21. 

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) is collaborating with partners across the state to ensure plans are in place to deploy and administer vaccines as they arrive. IDPH interim Director, Kelly Garcia, will provide an update on Iowa’s vaccine strategy and progress at the Governor’s press conference on Tuesday, December 22.

“As with the Pfizer distribution, our state is ready to receive shipments and distribute them quickly. This represents another positive step forward but until the vaccine is widely available, we must continue to mitigate the virus by practicing public health measures so we can protect the most vulnerable and preserve hospital resources, while keeping Iowans healthy, our economy open and our kids in school,” Governor Kim Reynolds shared in a statement.