COVID-19 Vaccine

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Idaho’s Coronavirus Vaccine Advisory Committee took votes Friday for how to prioritize the next group eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. 

Health officials hope the newly approved Johnson and Johnson vaccine will accelerate progress in vaccinating rural and homebound residents in the Mountain West. But there’s some unnecessary confusion over the shot’s efficacy.

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The first shipment of the Johnson & Johnson vaccines are set to arrive today in Idaho. It may help underserved populations in the next vaccine group that opens on March 15.

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As Idaho prepares to expand its vaccine availability to priority group 2.3, confusion and frustration persist over who qualifies for the shots. In this week's discussion with our panel of medical experts, we hear answers to your questions about COVID-19, the different vaccines, and why now is not the time for society to let down its guard.

Vaccine appointment frustration is pretty common these days. And because of challenges with hospital systems, a lot of people are turning to pharmacies to get their COVID-19 vaccine. However, it's still a pain to track down information on every pharmacy's website.

Over the weekend, the FDA approved a third COVID-19 vaccine. The single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which is 66% effective in preventing moderate to severe disease, promises to boost inoculation rates in Mountain West states, including rural areas. 

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Diane Huntress, 74, lives in Denver and says trying to get a COVID shot for her and her husband David is like applying for a job.

“I can't talk to anyone," she said. "There's no phone number and all the emails we get say, ‘Do not reply.’ And the problem is, where can I go, can I get there, and when are they going to have it?”

She says vaccines take up all the oxygen among her social circle, too: "I can't see anybody, an acquaintance on Zoom without the question, ‘Have you gotten the vaccine yet?’”

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The State of Idaho announced a proof of residency requirement for folks who are eligible for the vaccine, more than 500,000 Americans have died from COVID-19, variants first identified in South Africa and the U.K. have now been confirmed in Idaho, and the FDA is preparing to authorize the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine. We cover all these topics — and answer your questions about the coronavirus. 

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Idaho House lawmakers voted Tuesday to bar companies contracting with the state from requiring their employees to get vaccinated.

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As New Central District Health guidelines have replaced a mask mandate with recommendation in Ada and Valley counties, librarians say their safety isn’t being prioritized.

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A big group of essential workers will be eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine around the beginning of April. They include food and agriculture workers and the Idaho National Guard. But in terms of who comes after them, members of Idaho's coronavirus vaccine committee didn't come to a decision in their meeting Friday.



COVID-19 became a common household term approximately a year ago and has since become a central tenet in our lives. 

Now several vaccines to combat the disease have been approved and distribution is underway for health care providers, the elderly, and high risk groups and plans are advancing to vaccinate general populations. Find more on Idaho's vaccination strategies here.


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Governor Brad Little says nearly one-third of Idaho seniors have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine. But even as more vaccine has become available through retail pharmacies, demand is far outpacing supply.

Today, our panel of medical experts share the best ways to get an appointment for the vaccine once eligible, and answer more of your health questions.

Many Idaho seniors are frustrated, as they haven’t been able to get a COVID-19 vaccine appointment. But state health officials are hopeful vaccinations will ramp up shortly.


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According to state data released this week, some health districts have given out a small percentage of COVID-19 vaccine doses they’ve received. 


Governor Brad Little promised the state would increase transparency around the COVID-19 vaccine rollout. A new data dashboard, which launched Monday, shows where doses are being allocated and shots are getting into arms. 




Nationally, Idaho is toward the bottom of states in a number of rankings measuring COVID-19 vaccine rollout. The state is asking the White House to adjust it's weekly allotment. As of now, the weekly doses are set to increase slightly, from 20,000 first doses a week to more than 25,000.


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On this week's Idaho Matters Reporter Roundtable: what vaccine data is available in the state — and what's missing, how lawmakers are trying to pass a guns-in-school bill, the latest on the Central District Health Department's new board members, and a look at the Oath Keepers militia born in the Mountain West. 

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More than 300 hospitals, clinics and pharmacies in Idaho are registered to give the COVID-19 vaccines to people, but in a few rural counties, there's only one place currently able to administer the shots. 

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Each year for the past six years, Boise State University has conducted a survey asking Idahoans what matters to them, and how they want state resources to be used. This year's new survey dug into the topic that’s dominated our lives for the last 11 months: COVID-19.