FDA approves 3rd vaccine dose for immunosuppressed people. Who qualifies?

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare reported Friday that some immunosuppressed people can now receive a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. The announcement comes after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday amended the emergency use authorizations for both the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and the Moderna vaccine toContinue reading “FDA approves 3rd vaccine dose for immunosuppressed people. Who qualifies?”

St. Luke’s hopes more employees choose to get vaccinated as hospital faces staffing crunch

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports Idaho’s latest COVID-19 surge, which has prompted some hospitals to delay certain non-emergency procedures because of staffing shortages, comes as a September deadline approaches for employees of St. Luke’s, Saint Alphonsus, and Primary Health to get vaccinated or risk losing their jobs.  During a media call on Thursday, St. Luke’sContinue reading “St. Luke’s hopes more employees choose to get vaccinated as hospital faces staffing crunch”

Little urges vaccinations as Delta threatens normal school year for Idaho kids

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports Gov. Brad Little warned Thursday that rising COVID-19 rates could jeopardize a normal, in-person school year for Idaho students. At a press conference at Nampa High School, Little encouraged vaccinations as the most effective way to ensure an uninterrupted school year for Idaho’s children. “We can minimize or limit disruptionsContinue reading “Little urges vaccinations as Delta threatens normal school year for Idaho kids”

Will healthcare workers who decline the vaccine be eligible for unemployment?

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports Protests continue in the lead-up to vaccination deadlines set by St. Luke’s, St. Alphonsus, and Primary Health, but if nothing changes between now and September, will employees who are fired for not getting the COVID-19 vaccine be eligible for unemployment benefits?  It depends, but it will likely be an uphillContinue reading “Will healthcare workers who decline the vaccine be eligible for unemployment?”

Hundreds gather to rally against health care worker vaccine mandates

by Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports Roughly 300 people gathered outside the Idaho capital on Thursday, protesting the mandatory vaccinations that some health care providers have implemented for employees. Saint Alphonsus Health System, St. Luke’s Health System, and Primary Health Group have announced that they will mandate employees receive the COVID-19 vaccination by Sept. 1 asContinue reading “Hundreds gather to rally against health care worker vaccine mandates”

Some conservatives decry mandatory vaccinations for employees; Others point to at-will employment

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports Some conservatives are calling on the Idaho Legislature to reconvene in response to three of Idaho’s largest healthcare systems requiring their employees and contractors to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Thursday’s announcements from St. Alphonsus Health System, St. Luke’s Health System, and Primary Health Group prompted ire from a handful ofContinue reading “Some conservatives decry mandatory vaccinations for employees; Others point to at-will employment”

Idaho’s rural counties see highest death rates, lowest vaccination rates

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports Idaho’s rural counties, some of which have been hit especially hard by the pandemic, are struggling to get vaccination rates up.  While half of Idaho adults have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, the majority of Idaho’s counties have not hit that 50 percent threshold. Of Idaho’sContinue reading “Idaho’s rural counties see highest death rates, lowest vaccination rates”

Half of Idaho adults have now received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports As of Friday, 49.9 percent of Idahoans ages 18 and older have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine, and 45.8 percent are fully vaccinated, according to data published by Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. The vaccination rate varies by age group; Three fourths of Idahoans agesContinue reading “Half of Idaho adults have now received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine”

Some Idaho prisons have higher vaccination rates than the general public, National Guard offering help

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports At the height of the pandemic, coronavirus ripped through the Idaho prisons, spreading among the more than 8,400 people housed in state facilities. As of Friday, the current infection rates in the Idaho Department of Correction facilities remained relatively low, like rates in the rest of the state, but vaccinationContinue reading “Some Idaho prisons have higher vaccination rates than the general public, National Guard offering help”

Public health board member supports long-time immunization tracking system

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports As lawmakers discuss how wary they are of immunizations and programs used to track vaccines, some public health board members are standing up for data collection. Central District Health’s Board of Health met Friday morning and board member Dr. Ted Epperly addressed the issue. Epperly proposed writing a letter toContinue reading “Public health board member supports long-time immunization tracking system”