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More Idaho Adults Can Get The COVID Vaccine. Doctors Share Why This Is Essential

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Students carry sack lunches as they walk through a hall, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021, at Elk Ridge Elementary School in Buckley, Wash.

Tuesday, the Central District Health Department opened up the COVID-19 vaccine to everyone over the age of 16 in Ada, Boise, Elmore and Valley counties. Adults of all ages in three other health departments similarly opened up appointments, weeks ahead of schedule. At the same time, trends on the East Coast and in Europe indicate we may be headed to a fourth surge of cases. What does this mean for Idaho?

Today on Idaho Matters, we check in with three physicians who answer your questions about the vaccine and the pandemic: 

  • Dr. Patrice Burgess, Executive Medical Director at Saint Alphonsus and Chair of the Governor's Vaccine Advisory Committee
  • Dr. Laura McGeorge, St. Luke’s System Medical Director for Primary and Specialty Care
  • Dr. David Pate, former CEO of St. Luke's Health System and a current member of the Idaho Coronavirus Task Force 

Samantha Wright is a news reporter and producer for Idaho Matters.
Gemma is the host of Idaho Matters, Boise State Public Radio's daily show which broadcasts live Monday-Friday at noon. She is an award-winning journalist and has spent the majority of her broadcasting career in Idaho. Gemma was a television news anchor and reporter in Boise for close to 15 years. She came to Boise in 1999 to start Fox 12.