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COVID-19 vaccines for kids 5 to 11 get final endorsement by CDC

BY: - November 2, 2021

WASHINGTON — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has signed off on giving Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to all kids ages 5 to 11, a final decision that means those children can begin receiving shots as soon as Wednesday. Vials of the pediatric version of the vaccine have already been shipped to states, so they are […]

Idaho’s four-year schools will follow vaccine mandate — at least for now

BY: - November 2, 2021

Idaho’s four-year schools will follow vaccine mandate — at least for now Originally posted on on November 2, 2021 Some college and university employees and students could need to get COVID-19 vaccines in the next few weeks, while the state goes to federal court to challenge a Biden administration vaccine mandate. The State Board […]

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Idaho’s insurance exchange is now open, with 2 new insurers to choose from

BY: - November 1, 2021

Idaho’s health insurance exchange, Your Health Idaho, opens Nov. 1 with a new slate of plans that qualify for subsidies. Idahoans can sign up for health insurance plans through the exchange at, or browse anonymously to see what’s available. The deadline to sign up is Dec. 15. “Every year we encourage Idahoans to begin […]

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Shipments of COVID-19 shots for kids 5-11 on the way to states after FDA gives green light

BY: - October 29, 2021

WASHINGTON — Regulators at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday granted emergency authorization to Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for 5- to 11-year-olds, a step that means kid-sized doses can begin shipping to health care providers across the country.  Vials of the two-shot vaccine will be headed to pediatricians’ offices, hospitals, pharmacies and other providers, so […]

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What’s in — and out — of Biden’s $1.75 trillion social spending and climate bill

BY: and - October 29, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden’s sprawling social spending and climate package has been slimmed down into a still-massive $1.75 trillion plan that he and top congressional Democrats are attempting to wrestle through after months of negotiations. Snipped from that proposal are a number of key priorities for Democrats, including an attempt to create the first […]

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Analysis: Vaccine mandates could come to Idaho college campuses. Here’s how.

BY: - October 27, 2021

Originally posted on on October 27, 2021 On April 7, Gov. Brad Little attempted to build a firewall against COVID-19 vaccine mandates — banning all state agencies from requiring so-called “vaccine passports.” That firewall could crumble, at least on the state’s college campuses. On Sept. 9, President Biden issued an executive order that appears […]

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Dispatches from Idaho’s front lines: ‘I just never really thought I’d ever see this.’

BY: - October 27, 2021

Editor’s note: This is the fourth story in a series from the Idaho Capital Sun on what the Gem State’s health care workers are experiencing as they battle the latest surge of coronavirus in Idaho. Visit or or for previous installments. Carol Clark finished nursing school and began her career in the […]

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Idaho Department of Correction replaces prison health care provider

BY: - October 26, 2021

As coronavirus continues to rage across Idaho’s unvaccinated population, the Idaho Department of Correction has changed health care providers. IDOC is responsible for the health care of roughly 8,000 people in the department’s custody. For more than 10 years, the department contracted with Corizon Health. Corizon was established in 2011, after merging with two other […]

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Idaho Legislature to reconvene at Statehouse in Boise on Nov. 15

BY: and - October 25, 2021

The Idaho Legislature will reconvene Nov. 15 to address President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 rules for employers and consider an ethics complaint against Rep. Priscilla Giddings, Speaker of the House Scott Bedke said Monday. Reps. Greg Chaney, R-Caldwell, Wendy Horman, R-Idaho Falls, and Caroline Nilsson Troy, R-Genesee, also confirmed the Nov. 15 date to the Idaho […]

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COVID-19 vaccines for kids ages 5 to 11 could be ready as soon as next week

BY: - October 25, 2021

WASHINGTON — The next wave of the massive COVID-19 vaccination campaign could begin as soon as next week, after federal regulators decide if elementary school students across the U.S. should begin rolling up their tiny sleeves. That multistep approval process begins Tuesday, when the Food and Drug Administration’s panel of vaccine experts will vote on whether […]

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‘Such a traumatic experience.’ Nampa toddler recovering after COVID nearly causes liver failure

BY: - October 22, 2021

In late August, Megan McCabe found herself at Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, holding her 2-year-old daughter still while doctors sewed a dialysis line into her neck. A week earlier, the girl, Charlotte, had been playing with her brothers at their home in Nampa and was jumping off the kitchen counter into her […]

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The COVID-19 surge in Idaho has peaked. But hospitals are still crowded.

BY: - October 21, 2021

Idaho’s top public health official had some good news, and some not-so-good news, in his weekly briefing to Idaho media Tuesday. While several hospitals are behind on reporting their COVID-19 numbers, the Idaho Capital Sun’s analysis of weekly data also found Idaho’s trajectory is a mixed bag. Idaho’s data “indicates that it is likely that […]