These past 20 months have been overwhelmingly difficult due to the impact of the pandemic. Everyone has given up something for the greater good, and we all have worked together to slow the spread of COVID-19.
It’s easy to go down a path of negativity, to focus on the impact of the pandemic, the loss of life, and the stress this has caused all Idahoans.
However, I am cautiously optimistic about the light I see at the end of the tunnel. COVID-19 trends are going in the right direction with fewer cases, hospitalizations, and a decrease in percent positivity in most regions of Idaho.
As we approach this season of gratitude, this week dedicated to giving thanks, I am thankful for the healthcare workers, teachers and students, families, business owners, public health officials, and the many others in Idaho who have stood together against this pandemic. You are appreciated.
Finally, during this season of thanks, I would encourage all of you to take time to recharge, spend time with your families, and do those things that bring you joy. I wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving.
Correcting misinformation and disinformation: Can Idaho healthcare providers vaccinate children without parental consent?
The short answer is no. There is a message circulating on social media indicating that healthcare providers can give vaccines to children without parental consent, and it is DHW’s responsibility to continue to correct misinformation.
In Idaho, minors must have consent from a parent or guardian to receive a vaccination unless the minor meets a statutory exemption or obtains court approval to provide their own consent. That only happens in rare cases.
As a reminder, the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine has emergency use authorization to be given to anyone 5 years of age or older.
I hope you all have a safe, healthy, and happy Thanksgiving season. My next blog will be available on Dec. 3.