Operators answering calls to 211 have been helping technologically-challenged Iowans over the age of 65 connect with so-called vaccine navigators. These navigators have helped schedule several thousand vaccination appointments. This service — accessed by dialing 211 — is now available to the other Iowans who currently qualify for vaccinations due to a medical condition like diabetes, but can’t navigate the online scheduling.
The vaccine navigators have translation services available to help Iowans with language barriers that make scheduling a shot difficult.
Governor Reynolds announced last week the state is on track to open vaccination appointments to all Iowans on Monday, April 5. By 6 p.m. last (Tuesday) night, the state website tracking vaccinations showed well over 1.4 millionIowans have had at least one Covid shot.