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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, data visualization and more.

Coronavirus and COVID-19 vaccine

Idaho health officials urge pause on Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccines

By: - April 13, 2021

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare on Tuesday issued a recommendation to health care providers to follow guidance from U.S. regulators and hold off on continuing to administer COVID-19 vaccines made by Johnson & Johnson. Federal officials issued a recommendation early Tuesday morning that health care providers pause use of the J&J COVID-19 vaccine. […]

Idaho House Speaker Scott Bedke

Idaho GOP leadership accuses state of unlawfully using vaccine record system

By: - April 9, 2021

Republican leaders in the Idaho Legislature have accused the state of unlawfully using a vaccine record-keeping system. They are pushing for the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare to destroy its records on adult immunizations. In a letter to Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden, the House and Senate majority leaders said the state’s Immunization Reminder […]

Idaho House of Representatives

Idaho Legislature’s COVID-19 outbreak infected at least 14, spread to household members

By: - April 8, 2021

The COVID-19 cluster that formed last month in the Idaho Capitol building infected at least 14 people who live in four different regions of the state. The Idaho Legislature went into recess March 19 after several legislators and employees tested positive in the span of a week and a half. Earlier in the legislative session, […]

Idaho Gov. Brad Little announces a ban on state involvement in vaccine passports

Idaho Gov. Brad Little bans state involvement in COVID-19 vaccine passports

By: - April 7, 2021

Idaho Gov. Brad Little on Wednesday signed an executive order to ban state government entities from requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination. The order also bans state government from producing or issuing “vaccine passports” or providing information on a person’s vaccine status to be used in vaccine passports. The ban allows Idahoans to receive public services […]

Interpath Laboratory in Boise

Idaho health officials see more COVID variants in race against time for vaccinations

By: - April 5, 2021

Just as vaccines were rolling out, scientists broke some news: They had discovered slightly tweaked versions of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. These variants seemed to spread more easily. They seemed to make people sicker. And some of them had changed in subtle ways that seemed to make it harder for antibodies to attack. First, […]

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.

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

By: - April 4, 2021

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. […]

Idaho’s largest one-day vaccine clinic is next Thursday at Boise Airport

By: - April 1, 2021

Idaho’s largest mass clinic for COVID-19 vaccines is scheduled for April 8 at the Boise Airport. The clinic was organized by Crush the Curve Idaho in partnership with the city of Boise, Boise Airport and Red Rock Pharmacy. Crush the Curve hosted a mass vaccination drive in Meridian in February, vaccinating more than 1,000 people. […]

A clinical doctor goes over some test results with an elderly patient at the hospital.

Your Health Idaho is open through April with lower-priced health insurance

By: - April 1, 2021

Idaho residents can sign up for health insurance through the Your Health Idaho exchange until April 30. The special enrollment window gives Idahoans a chance to enroll in health plans that have heavily discounted premiums. “For the first time ever, tax credits, which act like an instant discount, may be available for those who were […]

A health care professional in protective gloves organizes a tray of COVID-19 vaccine vials.

It’s your turn for the COVID-19 vaccine in Idaho. Here’s what to know.

By: - March 31, 2021

It’s the most closely watched vaccine rollout in Idaho memory. The first tiny vials of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine arrived in a small shipment in mid-December. Since then, more than 33% of Idaho adults have received at least one shot, according to federal data. And among the most vulnerable age group — 65 and older — […]

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.

It’s possible to get COVID-19 after vaccination. But early Idaho data show how rare it is.

By: - March 31, 2021

There is mounting evidence that COVID-19 vaccines are very effective against the coronavirus. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week published a study of frontline workers in eight cities — including Portland and Salt Lake City — that found Pfizer and Moderna vaccines were 90% effective in preventing infection. But what about […]