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Iowans Continue To Miss Second COVID-19 Shot

On Wednesday, in regards to Iowans missing their second shot of a COVID-19 vaccine, Gov. Kim Reynolds said "even if you're overdue for your second dose, don't worry about that. It's more important that you get it late than not at all."

On this edition of River to River, Michaela Ramm of the Gazette shares her reporting on Iowans missing their second doses of COVID-19 vaccine and the challenge of vaccine hesitancy.

Also, IPR’s Kassidy Arena on how groups in Iowa plan to meet the challenge of an anticipated increase in refugees. And Jason Clayworth of Axios Des Moines tells listeners about the struggle to recruit law enforcement officers in Des Moines.

Then, how the town of Coon Rapids didn't make any of its residents pay an electric bill in March or April. Claire DeRoin explains why the pandemic has presented problems for the blood supply and Mark Simmet grooves listeners into the weekend.


  • Michaela Ramm, healthcare reporter, The Gazette
  • Kassidy Arena, Latino and Spanish-speaking community reporter, IPR
  • Jason Clayworth, reporter, Axios Des Moines
  • Charlie Nixon, owner, Coon Rapids Enterprise
  • Claire DeRoin, community relations coordinator, Life Serve Blood Center in Des Moines
  • Mark Simmet, host, IPR's Studio One Tracks
Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River
Rick Brewer was a producer for IPR's Talk of Iowa and River to River