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As Idaho See Increase In COVID-19 Hospitalizations, Doctors Urge Unvaccinated To Get The Jab

Idaho Healthcare-Required Vaccines
Otto Kitsinger
FILE — In this Nov. 24, 2020 file photo an employee gives instructions for self-administering a COVID-19 test in the parking lot at Primary Health Medical Group's clinic in Boise, Idaho. Primary Health Group CEO Dr. David Peterman announced Thursday, July 8, 2021 that all employees of Primary Health will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by September. (AP Photo/Otto Kitsinger, File)

Idaho Department of Health and Welfare Director Dave Jeppesen said Tuesday that the overall COVID-19 numbers in our state has taken a turn for the worse in the past few weeks.

According to the CDC, 49% of eligible Idahoans have received at least one vaccine dose, compared to 65.6% of all eligible Americans. Idaho has the fifth lowest share of residents age 12 and up who are at least partially vaccinated.

Idaho Matters checks-in with doctors from our largest health care systems to learn what's going on — and what we can do to protect our community. Our doctor panel today:

  • Dr. Steven Nemberson, Chief Clinical Officer with Saint Alphonsus Health System
  • Dr. Bart Hill, St. Luke's Vice President and Chief Quality Officer
  • Dr. David Pate, former CEO of St. Luke's and a current member of the governor's coronavirus task force

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.
Samantha Wright is a news reporter and producer for Idaho Matters.