To the Editor:
New data from the Centers for Disease Control shows Iowa ranks near the bottom among states in its ability to administer COVID-19 vaccinations. Previous CDC data showed Iowa at the bottom of the list. Iowa ranks 42nd in vaccine doses delivered to the state and 46th in doses administered. Only 7.5% of Iowans have received at least one vaccine dose. CDC data shows Iowa has received 510,550 vaccine doses and the Iowa Department of Public Health data shows the state has administered 348,042 of those doses. I am one of those people looking to receive the COVID vaccine. I have signed up for notifications from everywhere I can here in Carroll County. I want to applaud our Carroll County Public Health and our local healthcare providers for their efforts to keep us informed and to push out the vaccine that they receive. They do an outstanding job!
My frustration is the lack of leadership by our governor. Each week I check her website to see when her scheduled press conference will be so I can get current information directly from her. Her website is never current on the press conferences. The latest listed this morning is January 12th. I call her communications director each week, which is the recommendation on her website. Each week he texts me back telling me if there will be a press conference and the time. It seems to me it would be much more efficient and transparent to just get that information listed on the website. It also seems to me that as the governor of the state that is the last or near the bottom in efficiency that a regular day and time for this to happen would be in the best interest of the people of Iowa. I did see that our governor had time to go on Fox news recently to discuss her leadership here in Iowa. Last week I watched her press conference at 11 a.m. on Thursday, and then on Friday she issued a new proclamation on rescinding mask wearing in public and no longer mandating gathering sizes. I find it hard to believe that she didn’t know that this was what she was planning to do on Thursday; she could have shared that then. I am frustrated. I am trying to keep myself and others safe.