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Idaho State Health Department Director On Vaccination Effort: "We Are In A Race"

A pharmacist checks the batch number of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccines as she prepares doses at a pop-up COVID-19 vaccination site in New York on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021.


Idaho is approaching the one-year anniversary of the first confirmed COVID-19 case in the state. The state has been vaccinating eligible residents since December, and according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, Idaho is in the top 10 states when it comes to distributing and administering vaccines.

[Related: How Has Your Life Changed Since The Pandemic Began In Idaho?]

Idaho Matters speaks with Idaho Department of Health and Welfare Director Dave Jeppesen, who has led statewide efforts to battle the coronavirus for the last year.

We learn more about the department's decision to require proof of work or residency in the state in order to get the vaccine, how the state has approached the pandemic with a focus on personal responsibility, and whether he thinks recent improvements in new case numbers and hospitalizations will continue.

Frankie Barnhill is the Senior Producer of Idaho Matters, Boise State Public Radio's daily show and podcast. She's always interested in hearing surprising and enlightening stories about life in the West. Have an idea for Idaho Matters? Drop her a line!