Join us at 10 a.m. Wednesday on Facebook Live when DHW Deputy Director Lori Wolff will discuss Idaho’s COVID-19 Vaccine Pre-Registration System, and then will take questions from viewers. https://www.facebook.com/IdahoHealthandWelfare
Idaho’s COVID-19 Vaccine Pre-Registration System allows Idahoans, and those who work in Idaho, who want to receive the COVID-19 vaccine to save their names to a statewide list that is available to vaccine providers who have open appointments and COVID-19 vaccine. People can add their names at any time, whether they are currently eligible or not, and a provider will contact them when it’s their turn and there is an open appointment.
The statewide schedule for vaccines has been updated to our website and opens vaccine according to the following schedule:
- March 15: Age 55-64 with at least one medical condition*
- March 22: Age 55-64 general population
- March 29: Age 45-54 with at least one medical condition*
- April 5: Age 45-54 general population
- April 12: 16 – 44 with at least one medical condition*
- April 26: Age 16 – 44 general population
Medical conditions are defined as “are at increased risk” and “might be at increased risk” per the CDC. Visit the CDC to see a full list of conditions that qualify as a medical condition. In addition, disabilities are also included as a medical condition.
Here are some common questions about the system, which was launched on March 5.
Q: Can I edit my registration after it has been submitted?
A: Currently, there isn’t a way edit a registration at this time. However, people who really need to change something can remove their name from the list and re-submit a registration. There is a link to remove their names at the bottom of their email confirmation.
Q: Is it mandatory to have an email account to add yourself to the list?
A: At this time, an email address is necessary to be added to the list. But a team is working on solutions that add people to the list without an email address and will announce the changes as soon as we can.
Q: What should I do if I didn’t receive an email after registering?
A: If you didn’t receive an email confirming your registration, check your spam and junk email folder to see if it came there. If you still can’t find the email, you should register again. You must click the “Accept” button on the first email or you won’t be added to the list.
Q: How long will I have to wait until a vaccine provider contacts me?
A: It depends on which priority group you are in, and how much vaccine Idaho receives. It could be days or weeks. But since you’ve added yourself to the state’s list, you no longer need to keep checking – when you become eligible, a vaccine provider will contact you when they have appointments and vaccine. Please be sure to answer your phone even when you don’t recognize the number, and to check your email so you don’t miss an opportunity.
To slow the spread of COVID-19 in Idaho, please continue to:
- Wear face coverings
- Keep at least six feet between you and others
- Stay home if you are sick
- Wash your hands often
- Cover coughs and sneezes
- Disinfect surfaces and objects regularly
Stay up-to-date with the latest and most accurate information on COVID-19 at the following websites:
- Where and when to get your COVID-19 vaccination
- Idaho’s Coronavirus Website
- Idaho Rebounds Website
- CDC Coronavirus Disease Website
DHW also posts lots of information, including daily updates on the numbers on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
Lori Wolff is a deputy director in the Department of Health and Welfare. She oversees the divisions of Public Health, Family and Community Services, Welfare, and Information and Technology Services.
The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare is dedicated to strengthening the health, safety, and independence of Idahoans. Learn more at healthandwelfare.idaho.gov.