WESTERN TREASURE VALLEY – One query you might have in thoughts is, “When can I get a COVID-19 vaccine?” As Zachary Clark, public data officer for the Idaho Division of Well being and Welfare defined to the newspaper in an e mail on Dec. eight, the reply stays to be seen.
In response to Clark, Southwest District Well being will work with the division on distribution because the vaccines develop into out there as a part of the Idaho Immunization Program for well being districts all through the state.
“SWDH will work to vaccinate the very best precedence teams first because the vaccine is obtained and can work by means of the tiered / phased method as supplied to us. [the department]Clark wrote. “Figures for county vaccine allocation haven’t been decided presently for most people.”
Clark mentioned that whereas Southwest District Well being doesn’t presently have freezers on the time of publication, the division will present one when it turns into out there.
“SWDH will work and coordinate with hospital companions on ultra-cold storage of the vaccine,” Clark added.
As beforehand reported, first responders, Okay-12 educators, correctional and detention facility personnel, meals processing employees, and members of the Idaho Nationwide Guard are amongst those that will obtain precedence as vaccines can be found, in accordance with Governor Brad Little’s Vaccine Advisory Committee.
“This listing is similar to the CDC pointers for vaccinating Stage 1 teams throughout a extreme pandemic,” Clark famous. “The willpower of who will obtain the vaccine will probably be made by means of the listing that begins with high-risk occupations in order that they will proceed to supply medical care to sufferers. Prime precedence teams embrace hospital and medical employees for the care of sufferers with COVID-19, employees of long-term care amenities, house care suppliers who look after high-risk sufferers, emergency medical providers personnel, medical personnel for outpatients / inpatients, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, dentists, dental hygienists, public well being and emergency administration. “
Southwest District Well being works with a Regional Well being Care Coalition that serves Well being Districts three and four (Central District Well being), in accordance with Clark.
“The HCC has labored carefully since March because the COVID-19 occasion has advanced. Hospital methods will work with IDHW to obtain the vaccine and administer it to their very own high-priority inside employees. “
Clark mentioned vaccination of most people will happen as soon as the very best precedence teams have had an opportunity, however didn’t present an estimated timeline for when it would happen.
The Meals and Drug Administration (FDA) gave the Pfizer / BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine its approval for emergency use on Friday, with its first nationwide distribution of 6.four million doses shipped on Monday. Idaho is anticipated to obtain 13,650 doses within the first week of distribution.