As More Vaccine Becomes Available, Idaho Medical Experts Talk Efficacy And Eligibility
Saturday marks the one-year anniversary of the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Idaho. One year later, Idahoans are still dying and getting sick from the disease. But as the state opens up vaccine eligibility to more groups and the state's supply of doses increases, there is reason to hope.
Idaho Matters speaks with three medical professionals in Idaho about the pros and cons of the state's vaccine eligibility strategy (including a story from a high-risk listener who points out how the state's plan differs from CDC recommendations), and answers your questions.
Our panel today:
- Dr. David Pate, former CEO of St. Luke's Health System and a current member of the governor's coronavirus task force.
- Samantha Birch, Infection Prevention Specialist at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center
- Dr. Michaela Schulte, St. Luke’s Vice President of Medical Affairs for the western Treasure Valley.
And we want to hear from you! How has your life changed in the past year? What lessons have you learned during the pandemic? What are you hopeful for as the vaccine becomes available to more people? Leave us a voicemail and we may share it Monday March 15 as we mark the one-year anniversary of the first confirmed case of COVID-19. Call: 208-426-3625.