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As More COVID-19 Vaccine Doses Go Unused, Idaho Doctors Urge Shots And Vigilance

Virus Outbreak Tweaking Vaccines
John Locher/AP
FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2021, file photo, empty vials of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine are seen at a vaccination center at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, in Las Vegas. The makers of COVID-19 vaccines are figuring out how to tweak their recipes against worrisome virus mutations — if and when the shots need an update. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

Two Idaho doctors consider how to encourage more people to get the COVID-19 vaccine now that providers are reporting plenty of open appointments. What does vaccine hesitancy mean for the state's pandemic fight? Idaho Matters explores this and other listener questions.

Our doctor panel today:

  • Dr. Joshua Kern, St. Luke's Regional Medical Officer
  • Dr. David Pate, member of the governor's 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.