As demand for COVID-19 vaccinations drops, one Iowa community nears herd immunity

Genesis Ramirez grips a digital timer, her legs swinging in a chair in the waiting room of the Meskwaki Tribal Health Center in Tama County, Iowa. The 17-year-old just got her second dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. But she didn’t do it just to keep herself safe. “My family is very high risk, and I don’t want to bring anything back to them where I can’t help them,” Ramirez said. Ramirez isn’t a member of the Sac and Fox Tribe of the Mississippi, also known as the Meskwaki Nation.

Finding Health Care Coverage for Every Iowan an Elusive Dream

Cynthia Houston didn’t panic when she lost her job at the Mount Pleasant School District in 2008. She looked for another job and paid the extra money to keep insurance through COBRA. She found work but couldn’t afford insurance there. That was when she had a breakdown. Cynthia Houston poses at the Community Health Center in Columbus Junction.