The COVID-19 vaccine is on the minds of Idahoans, and we appreciate your questions and your feedback.
I want to let the people of Idaho know that we hear you. We read your emails and your social media messages, and we take all of your phone calls to heart. We are grateful that so many of you have chosen to take the vaccine, and that you are ready to do so. Your commitment to participating in this exciting part of the pandemic response does not go unnoticed.
We are committed to doing everything we can to get the vaccines administered as quickly and safely as possible. There was a 67 percent increase in the number of doses administered the week of Jan. 4, and we expect the number of doses administered each week to continue to increase. We are committed to getting all the vaccine that Idaho is allocated shipped to Idaho as soon they become available. The vaccines are sent directly from the manufacturer to those who can administer them. We are committed to doing all we can to support providers so they can do their job of administering the vaccine. And we are committed to communicating with you as openly and as often as possible. These are our promises to you and the vaccine providers in Idaho.
I want to thank Gov. Brad Little for his budget proposal that includes $250 million to finish the fight against COVID-19. We are grateful for his leadership and commitment.
Committed to transparency
The questions we continue to get the most often from Idahoans are: When can I get vaccinated? Where do I go to get vaccinated?
The estimated timeline is available on the coronavirus website, and Idahoans will be able to get their vaccine through normal channels such as their employer, physician’s office, local public health district, and local pharmacy. We update the website with new information as we have it. It is your best resource for up-to-date vaccine information.
As information changes and becomes more detailed, we will share it through all of our channels (social media, coronavirus website, news releases, media briefings, COVID-19 Briefing newsletter), and we will work with all stakeholders involved in vaccine distribution and administration to help disseminate information throughout Idaho.
Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, the COVID-19 vaccine data dashboard is updated. You can find information there related to how many people have received the first dose or both doses. You can find detailed information by county and by public health district. The dashboard will continue to evolve and include more information for the people of Idaho.
Idaho will announce a plan to financially support providers with their vaccine administration. More information will be available next week.
Please remember to continue to follow recommended precautions: wear a mask, maintain 6 feet between you and others, wash your hands, and stay home when you’re sick.
I hope you and yours have a safe and healthy holiday weekend.