Registered Nurse Katie Kanago gives a second dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to Natalie Palominos, 14, at a mobile vaccination clinic in Caldwell.

Idaho’s COVID-19 vaccination rate is picking up again. We ran the numbers.

BY: - August 3, 2021

Public health officials have been urging Idahoans for months to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Their pleas went mostly unheeded this summer. That is, until now. With a highly infectious Delta variant circulating in Idaho, and with cases and hospitalizations climbing, more Idahoans are choosing to get a COVID-19 vaccine. An Idaho Capital Sun analysis of […]

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University of Idaho will use months of COVID-19 samples to study variants

BY: - August 2, 2021

Idaho will begin testing a stash of COVID-19 samples gathered over the past several months under a new grant-funded project to aid global research into coronavirus variants. The Idaho INBRE (IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence) and the University of Idaho will sequence COVID-19 samples that were collected from people in the Moscow area, under […]

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Can Idahoans really be required to get COVID-19 vaccines? Case law says yes.

BY: - August 2, 2021

Hennings Jacobson strongly objected to the state’s requirement that he be vaccinated. He argued that “a compulsory vaccination law is unreasonable, arbitrary and oppressive, and, therefore, hostile to the inherent right of every freeman to care for his own body and health in such way as to him seems best.” Similar arguments have been made […]

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Idaho’s ICUs are filling up again — this time, patients are in their 30s

BY: - July 28, 2021

They survived 15 months of COVID-19 swabs, patients gasping for air, intubations and body bags. They survived the bottomless pit of sorrow that is a patient’s family saying goodbye over Skype — and being the one to hold that patient’s hand as they died. The arrival of COVID-19 vaccines in Idaho gave these health care […]

Visitors walk past face mask signs along Decatur Street in the French Quarter on July 14, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

CDC: Vaccinated people should wear masks indoors in areas with high infection rates

BY: - July 27, 2021

WASHINGTON — Federal health officials on Tuesday urged Americans in areas of the country with the highest surges in COVID-19 infections to once again wear masks when they are in public, indoor settings — even if they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The updated recommendations marked a sharp shift from the agency’s guidance in May that […]

Katie Kanago, Saint Alphonsus RN, gives the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to Arena Palominos at a mobile clinic in Caldwell.

It took months, but these Idahoans got COVID-19 shots. What changed their minds?

BY: - July 27, 2021

Rey Ramos spent 127 days making a decision. But last Wednesday evening, he parked at a Saint Alphonsus mobile clinic in Caldwell. He got out of his car, put on a cloth mask, hesitated for a few minutes, then walked up to get his first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Ramos was one of […]

ave Lacknauth, Director of Pharmacy Services, Broward Health Medical Center shows off a bottle of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine during a press conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Here’s how effective COVID-19 vaccines have been in Idaho. (Hint: Very.)

BY: - July 27, 2021

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare last week shared a graphic to illustrate how much of Idaho’s COVID-19 activity is among the unvaccinated. Elke Shaw-Tulloch, Idaho’s Public Health Division administrator, was making a point about how getting a coronavirus vaccine can reduce the risk of getting sick with COVID-19, significantly reduce the risk of […]

Protesters supporting “Medicare for All” hold a rally outside PhRMA headquarters in 2019 in Washington, D.C.

Biden quietly transforms Medicaid’s safety net

BY: and - July 27, 2021

The Biden administration is quietly engineering a series of expansions to Medicaid that may bolster protections for millions of low-income Americans and bring more people into the program. Biden’s efforts — which have been largely overshadowed by other economic and health initiatives — represent an abrupt reversal of the Trump administration’s moves to scale back […]

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Who pays for public health? Who sets pandemic rules? Idaho changed the law

BY: - July 26, 2021

Two bills passed through the Idaho Legislature in the 2021 session that changed how Idaho’s public health districts are funded, and how much authority they have. State and local governments are now taking up a big question: “What does the future of public health look like in Idaho?” said Seth Grigg, executive director of the […]

The J&J/Janssen vaccine is recommended for people aged 18 years and older.

Feds: Florida, Missouri, Texas account for 40 percent of all COVID-19 cases last week

BY: - July 25, 2021

WASHINGTON — Amid a rise in infections and hospitalizations from the surging delta variant of COVID-19, the Biden administration is boosting money and other assistance to the hardest-hit areas of the country. Last week, just three states with lower vaccination rates — Florida, Texas and Missouri — accounted for 40 percent of all cases nationwide. […]

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Idaho needs to up its game in providing behavioral health services. These clinics could help.

BY: - July 23, 2021

There is a chronic shortage of behavioral health resources in Idaho. The Kaiser Family Foundation reported that about 100,000 Idaho adults had an unmet need for mental health treatment in 2018-19. Children fare no better in the Gem State. Idaho has received a 46th place ranking among the states for child access to mental health […]

Analysis: In the absence of mandates, educators pin their hopes on vaccine messaging

BY: - July 22, 2021

Originally posted on on July 22, 2021 As Idaho’s coronavirus case numbers surge again, vaccination numbers continue to lag. And vaccination rates are lowest among young people — just weeks before students are due to return to schools and college campuses. This puts health officials and education leaders in a bind. They say vaccines […]