Idaho health officials see more COVID variants in race against time for vaccinations
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, […]
1 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have now been delivered to Idaho
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 failed disabled community in vaccination prioritization
I put my life on hold. Projects, personal milestones, planned events and goals were all halted. This is our reality — mine and those in the disabled community. Many of us have been homebound for a year. We went into lockdown two weeks before the state of Idaho officially did. The governor’s stay-at-home order lasted […]
Idaho’s largest one-day vaccine clinic is next Thursday at Boise Airport
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. […]
Your Health Idaho is open through April with lower-priced health insurance
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 […]
Want to help Idaho seniors? Dept. of Insurance seeks Medicare program volunteers.
The Senior Health Insurance Benefits Advisors Program in Idaho is seeking volunteers to help senior citizens better understand Medicare. The program, through the state’s Department of Insurance, helps train and certify Medicare counselors who provide assistance to Idahoans seeking Medicare coverage. The program can also help Idahoans update their Medicare plans with easy to understand […]
It’s your turn for the COVID-19 vaccine in Idaho. Here’s what to know.
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 — […]
It’s possible to get COVID-19 after vaccination. But early Idaho data show how rare it is.
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 […]
Special Report: Dozens of members of Congress are vaccinated against COVID-19, but some still hesitate
WASHINGTON — Members of Congress were among the first people in the U.S. to have access to the sought-after COVID-19 vaccine when the initial doses became available in December. Three months later, a States Newsroom survey across 22 states—making up a large swath of Congress— found at least 155 members of the U.S. House and Senate […]
COVID vaccine hesitancy drops among all Americans, new survey shows
A new poll of attitudes toward COVID-19 vaccinations shows Americans are growing more enthusiastic about being vaccinated, with the most positive change in the past month occurring among Black Americans. About 55% of Black adults said they had been vaccinated or plan to be soon, up 14 percentage points from February, according to a poll […]