As the global pandemic prepares to enter a second year, there's hope on the horizon: the COVID-19 vaccine. While there's' been reports the U.S. is far behind in its vaccination goals, there's still hope for many that they'll soon be able to receive the vaccine. The Des Moines Register reports Iowa nursing home residents and staff are now being vaccinated.

While there's excitement over the vaccines arrival in state senior centers, experts continue to warn that it could take a few weeks to get an adequate number of shots to all the facilities statewide. While in Iowa, nursing home residents account for less than 1% of the population, they have sadly fell victim to the virus. Nearly a third of the state’s 3,745 deaths from COVID-19 have been as a result of COVID in nursing homes, according to data from the Iowa Department of Public Health.

Experts remind vaccine recipients, after a vaccination it still takes 10 to 14 days for you to actually develop protection from the vaccine. You then still need the second vaccine dose for full protection.

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