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WATCH: Gov. Reynolds says Iowa will receive a 16% increase in vaccine allocation next week

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JOHNSTON, Iowa (KWWL) -- During her COVID-19 news conference on Wednesday, Governor Kim Reynolds said additional doses are on the way for Iowans.

This week, the Biden administration increased vaccine allocations for several states.

Reynolds said this means Iowa will soon receive an additional 16 percent, or about 6,300 doses, that will come each week, adding to the total for distribution.

Currently, the state is receiving 19,500 doses per week. Reynolds said starting next week, state officials expect to receive 25,800 doses per week. The increased amount will last for three weeks.

Reynolds said she is taking part in weekly conference calls with the White House COVID-19 Response Team. She said officials expect the Johnson and Johnson vaccine to receive emergency use authorization from the FDA in February. It is a single dose vaccine and will speed up the process.

Even with more vaccine doses on the way, Reynolds cautioned that supply will still be limited for some time.

"Even with the 16% increase starting next week, the nation's current vaccine supply simply cannot keep up with the incredibly high demand," Reynolds said. "I know that that can be frustrating to hear. I know Iowans are very eager to get vaccinated and finally put COVID-19 behind them. That time is coming, but we need to remain patient."

Since December, more than 200,000 vaccine doses have been administered in the state. That included the first doses at nearly every long-term care facility in the state. Reynolds said she expects the first phase of that effort to finish this week, with the second and third phases to follow.

"Overall, the program is reporting that they've seen a 90% uptake of long-term care residents in Iowa they're choosing to be vaccinated, which I think is extremely positive," Reynolds said. "The rate has been a little bit lower, among staff during the first phase that average is about 50%."

CVS and Walgreens are responsible for helping with the effort to vaccinate long-term care facilities. Reynolds said fewer staff members than anticipated at nursing homes are taking the vaccine, leaving more doses unused than expected.

The doses were specifically allocated to the pharmacies, so Reynolds said the extra vaccine couldn't be initially given to the state. Reynolds said she is working with the pharmacies and federal officials to coordinate a plan for the pharmacies to return the unused doses so the federal government can redistribute them to the state. The state expects to get the unused doses later this week or early next week. The doses will be used to vaccinate Iowans who are 65 and older.

Iowans over 65 are a part of phase 1b, which the state expects to start on February 1.

Also starting in early February, other groups categorized in Tier 1 will be eligible to receive the vaccine at local pharmacies or clinics. This includes law enforcement, first responders, pre-K-12 teachers and staff, early childhood educators and childcare workers.

The remainder of the tiers will be incorporated as soon as possible depending on the vaccine's availability.

Reynolds also announced a vaccine data component will be added to the state coronavirus dashboard later this week.

"The vaccine dashboard will include the numbers of first and second doses administered, the number of doses by manufacturer, and the number of doses by day," Reynolds said. "It will also include total by county, gender, race, and ethnicity."

There will also be an interactive map that displays vaccine providers by county. Reynolds said Iowans will be able to click on their county, see where they can get the vaccine, and schedule an appointment through the individual vaccine provider's websites.