1 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have now been delivered to Idaho

More than 78% of the doses have been used so far

By: - April 4, 2021 4:27 am
Dave Lacknauth, director of Pharmacy Services at Broward Health Medical Center shows off a bottle of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine during a press conference on Dec. 23, 2020 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Dave Lacknauth, director of Pharmacy Services at Broward Health Medical Center shows off a bottle of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine during a press conference on Dec. 23, 2020 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Broward Health Medical Center began vaccinating frontline healthcare workers last week with the Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 vaccine and are continuing to inoculate frontline caregivers with both of the vaccines after the arrival of the Moderna. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

The federal government has delivered 1.02 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine to Idaho as of Friday, according to the latest data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

About 783,000 of those doses have made it into Idahoans’ arms.

Nearly 478,000 people in Idaho have received at least one dose of the vaccine. That’s about 36% of the adults in Idaho. Of those, about 308,000 have been fully vaccinated — about 23% of the state’s adults.

While the Pfizer vaccine has been authorized for use in children ages 16 and 17, CDC data show that only 40 Idahoans in that age group have received their first dose of the vaccine. Of those, 18 teens have been fully vaccinated.

Among seniors, who are most at risk of hospitalization or death from COVID-19, the vaccination frenzy has slowed. About 72% of Idahoans age 65 and older have received at least one dose of their vaccine — about one percentage point higher than early this week.

The state continues to rank lower than almost all others in the number of doses received per capita, with about 57,000 doses per 100,000 people — a ranking that may be due to Idaho’s younger-than-average population.

Why don’t the CDC’s numbers match those in the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare? The CDC data include federal agencies that receive their own vaccines — Veterans Health Administration, Indian Health Services, Bureau of Prisons and Department of Defense. Health and Welfare’s vaccine transparency dashboard doesn’t include those providers.

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Audrey Dutton
Audrey Dutton

Audrey Dutton, senior investigative reporter, joined the Idaho Capital Sun after 10 years at the Idaho Statesman. Her favorite topics to cover include health care, business, consumer protection issues and white collar crime. Dutton hails from Twin Falls. She attended college at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota, and received a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University in New York City. Before coming home to Idaho, Dutton worked as a journalist in Minnesota, New York, Maryland and Washington, D.C. Dutton's work has earned dozens of state, regional and national awards for investigative reporting, health care and business reporting, radio journalism, data visualization and much more. Her resume also includes fellowships from the Association of Health Care Journalists, Idaho Press Club, Idaho Media Initiative and Investigative Reporters and Editors. Dutton also teaches an upper-division journalism course at Boise State University. She resides in Boise with her husband, young daughter and two cats.

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