COVID-19 Vaccine


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COVID-19 Vaccine


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COVID-19 vaccine is arriving weekly in Central District Health's jurisdiction of Ada, Boise, Elmore, and Valley Counties, and being offered to those in Idaho's Group 1 & Group 2.1*.

*This includes healthcare workers, long-term care facility residents, First Responders, Pre-K–12 school staff/teachers & daycare [childcare] workers, and Correctional/Detention Facility staff.

1/26/21 CDH News Release: Those qualified to receive COVID-19 vaccine in Group 1 and Subgroup 2.1 encouraged to seek vaccine as soon as possible; avoid double booking

1/14/21 CDH News Release: Central District Health working to respond to recent changes to vaccine prioritization amidst limited vaccine supply

1/11/21 CDH News Release: COVID-19 vaccine update for Central District Health jurisdiction
Note:
Public listening of media availability on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021 from 2:30 to 3:00 pm via YouTube, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4LJ1BM5Jv3zczecnYkXarw. The segment will be recorded and posted to CDH's YouTube page upon conclusion

12/18/20 CDH News Release: COVID-19 vaccine distribution in Central District Health region well underway; eligible healthcare workers receiving vaccine


When can I get vaccinated?

The first doses of COVID-19 vaccine are being offered to people working in healthcare settings, which will help protect and preserve our healthcare workforce, and our most vulnerable community members who live in long-term care facilities. Other groups that will be offered some of the early doses include first responders, essential workers, adults with high-risk medical conditions, and older adults. Idaho's plan includes a phased approach that ties directly to vaccine availability; moving from limited availability of vaccine and vaccinating identified priority groups, to wide availability of vaccine and vaccinating the general public as part of a routine immunization schedule.

Central District Health is working closely with state public health, healthcare, and local partners on the distribution plan for its jurisdiction of Ada, Boise, Elmore, and Valley Counties.

Group information included below is from the state coronavirus Vaccine Distribution Timeline, found HERE. The Idaho COVID-19 Vaccine Plan (interim) can be found HERE.

Group 1: Healthcare Personnel & Residents of Long-term Care Facilities
We are currently in this Group

  • Hospital staff essential for care of COVID-19 patients and maintaining hospital capacity (includes
    support staff as well as clinical staff)
  • Outpatient clinic staff essential for care of COVID-19 patients and maintaining hospital capacity
  • Long-term care facility staff
  • Home care providers for adults 65 years of age and older or for other adults or children with high-risk medical conditions
  • Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
  • Outpatient and inpatient medical staff not already included above who are unable to telework
  • Dentists, dental hygienists and dental assistants
  • Pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and pharmacy aides
  • Public health and emergency management response workers who are unable to telework
  • Long-term care facility residents

Group 2: Essential Workers (It is estimated close to 500,000 Idahoans in Group 2 are eligible.)
We are currently vaccinating Group 2.1
  • First responders (other than EMS) and safety (fire/police/protective services/community support)
  • Pre-K–12 school staff and teachers and daycare [childcare] workers
  • Correctional and detention facility staff (other than medical)
Early February (final date to be determined)
  • Idahoans 65 years and older
  • There are about 250,000 Idahoans in this group. Depending on supply, a tiered approach may be needed. We will announce a schedule for vaccinating this group prior to Feb. 1.
Late February to Early March (final date to be determined)
  • Food and agriculture workers (including food processing workers; USDA processing plant inspectors; grocery, convenience store, and food pantry workers.)
  • Grocery and convenience store workers
  • Idaho National Guard (other than medical)
  • Manufacturing, public transit, and U.S. Postal Service workers

Group 3: Other Essential Workers & people 16-64 years of age with high-risk medical conditions (This group has not been fully evaluated by the Idaho COVID-19 Vaccine Advisory Committee and approved by the Governor.)
Idaho is expected to move to Group 3 sometime at the end of March or early April
  • Individuals 16-64 years of age with medical conditions that increase their risk for severe COVID-19
  • Essential workers not included in group 2
  • It is estimated there are about 470,000 Idahoans eligible in group 3 to get the vaccine.

Group 4: General Public & people 16-64 years of age (This group has not been fully evaluated by the Idaho COVID-19 Vaccine Advisory Committee and approved by the Governor.)
Idaho is expected to move to Group 4 in May
  • Individuals 16-64 years of age
  • Additional Idahoans based on age (prioritization to be determined)

A vaccine for COVID-19 is only one of the ways to stop the spread of the disease. Because the supply of vaccine will be limited at first, doing other things to help stop the spread will be just as important as it is now. This means still wearing a face mask, staying at least 6-feet away from others, washing your hands often, and staying home if you are sick.


COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs

Idaho’s COVID-19 Vaccine Advisory Committee (CVAC) discusses recommendations for sub-priority tiers in each phase of COVID-19 vaccination to advise the Governor. Central District Health makes decisions, in its jurisdiction, for certain clarifcations that haven't been discussed by CVAC, to help clarify when priority groups/subgroups are eligible to get the vaccine.

Idaho’s COVID-19 Vaccine Advisory Committee (CVAC) discusses recommendations for sub-priority tiers in each phase of COVID-19 vaccination to advise the Governor. Sub-prioritization in Idaho for each phase is voted on by CVAC and a final decision is made by the Governor. As final approval is given to the priority populations, the determinations will be released to the public.

The Idaho COVID-19 Advisory Committee meets from noon to 2 p.m. every other Friday or when seen fit. Members of the public may listen only via WebEx. Public commen is being accepted via email at: covid19vaccinepubliccomment@dhw.idaho.gov.

  • The agenda will be posted, when it is available, here.
  • Find other resources regarding the Idaho COVID-19 Vaccine Advisory Committee, here.

People with underlying medical conditions can receive the FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccines provided they have not had an immediate or severe allergic reaction to a COVID-19 vaccine or to any of the ingredients in the vaccine.

Learn more about vaccination considerations for persons with underlying medical conditions. Vaccination is an important consideration for adults of any age with certain underlying medical conditions because they are at increased risk for severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19.

Because the supply of COVID-19 vaccine in the United States is currently limited, CDC is providing recommendations to federal, state, and local governments about who should be vaccinated first. CDC’s recommendations are based on those of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), an independent panel of medical and public health experts.

Each state has its own plan for deciding which groups of people will be vaccinated first. You can contact your state health department for more information on its plan for COVID-19 vaccination.

The goal is for everyone to be able to get a COVID-19 vaccination easily as soon as large quantities of vaccine are available. As the vaccine supply increases, more groups will be added to receive vaccination. Learn more aboutCDC recommendations for who should get vaccinated first.

COVID-19 vaccination in Idaho is occurring in phases. COVID-19 vaccine for the general public is expected to be available in spring or summer. Healthcare workers are now getting vaccinated as part of Group 1 as well as Group 2, First Responders, Pre-K-12 School teachers/staff, Childcare/Daycare staff, and Correctional/Detention facility staff. Learn more about who is currenly eligible to get vaccinated, here.

When the vaccine is available to your priority group, it is anticipated that you will be able to get the vaccine through normal vaccination locations such as your employer, local health system, physician’s office, local public health district, or local pharmacy.

  • Find more information, HERE
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All the COVID-19 vaccines being used have gone through rigorous studies to ensure they are as safe as possible. Systems that allow CDC to watch for safety issues are in place across the entire country.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Emergency Use Authorizations for COVID-19 vaccines that have been shown to meet rigorous safety criteria and be effective as determined by data from the manufacturers and findings from large clinical trials. Watch a video describing the emergency use authorization.

Clinical trials for all vaccines must first show they meet rigorous criteria for safety and effectiveness before any vaccine, including COVID-19 vaccines, can be authorized or approved for use. The known and potential benefits of a COVID-19 vaccine must outweigh the known and potential risks of the vaccine. Learn more about how federal partners are ensuring the safety of COVID-19 vaccines in the United States.

Serious problems from vaccination can happen, but they are rare. CDC has learned of reports that some people have experienced severe allergic reactions—also known as anaphylaxis—after getting a COVID-19 vaccine. As an example, an allergic reaction is considered severe when a person needs to be treated with epinephrine or EpiPen© or if they must go to the hospital. Learn more about COVID-19 vaccines and allergies.

These are not new technologies. The vaccines are actually set up to give us immunity that is better than natural infection. We know the side effects of the natural infection. When we compare the risks to those at the frontlines that are being exposed to the virus and those in our community who are at high-risk for severe disease and death, those risks greatly overshadow the unknown risks of the vaccine.

Weigh the risk of contracting or spreading this potentially life-threatening disease to those who are vulnerable against the risks, side effects, safety and effectiveness of the vaccines offered.

Older age and underlying medical conditions including obesity, a compromised immune system, hypertension, COPD, diabetes, and heart disease increase the risk of severe illness from the virus and should be considered as well. You may wish to discuss with your primary care provider.

Vaccines currently in clinical trials in the United States won’t cause you to test positive on viral tests, which are used to see if you have a current infection.

If your body develops an immune response, which is the goal of vaccination, there is a possibility you may test positive on some antibody tests. Antibody tests indicate you had a previous infection and that you may have some level of protection against the virus. Experts are currently looking at how COVID-19 vaccination may affect antibody testing results.

Yes. Data from phase 2/3 clinical trials suggest that Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is safe and likely efficacious in persons with evidence of a prior SARS-CoV-2 infection. Vaccination should be offered to persons regardless of history of prior symptomatic or asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 infection.

At this time, experts do not know how long someone is protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19. The immunity someone gains from having an infection, called natural immunity, varies from person to person. Some early evidence suggests natural immunity may not last very long.

There isn’t any evidence from trials of the Pfizer vaccine that it affects fertility. As the vaccine stimulates an immune response to the spike protein, if it did affect fertility we might also expect to see Covid-19 infections affecting this too, as the body should produce a similar immune response if infected. This is not being seen.

The Pfizer vaccine is not recommended for individuals under the age of 16 and the Moderna vaccine is not recommended for individuals under the age of 18.

There are currently no available data on the safety of COVID-19 vaccines, including Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, in pregnant or lactating people. However, if pregnant or lactating people are part of a group that is recommended to receive a COVID-19 vaccine (e.g., healthcare personnel), they may choose to be vaccinated.

That is not recommended. If you receive the Pfizer vaccine for your first dose, then you need to receive the Pfizer vaccine for your second dose. This is the same for the Moderna vaccine.

People who are pregnant and part of a group recommended to receive the COVID-19 vaccine may choose to be vaccinated. If you have questions about getting vaccinated, talking with a healthcare provider may might help you make an informed decision. While breastfeeding is an important consideration, it is rarely a safety concern with vaccines.

No data are available yet on the safety of COVID-19 vaccines in lactating women or on the effects of mRNA vaccines on breastfed infants or on milk production/excretion. mRNA vaccines are not thought to be a risk to breastfeeding infants. People who are breastfeeding and are part of a group recommended to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, such as healthcare personnel, may choose to be vaccinated.

To make sure that more information is gathered regarding the safety of these vaccines when administered during pregnancy, pregnant people are encouraged to enroll in v-safe, CDC’s new smartphone-based tool being used to check-in on people’s health after they receive a COVID-19 vaccine. If pregnant people report health events through v-safe after vaccination, someone from CDC may call to check on them and get more information. Additionally, pregnant people enrolled in v-safe will be contacted by CDC and asked to participate in a pregnancy registry that will monitor them through pregnancy and the first 3 months of infancy.

The federal government oversees a centralized system to order, distribute, and track COVID-19 vaccines. All vaccines are ordered through CDC. Vaccination providers receive vaccines from CDC’s centralized distributor or directly from a vaccine manufacturer. Two vaccines are authorized and recommended to prevent COVID-19 in the United States. Other COVID-19 vaccine candidates are in development, and clinical trials are being conducted at the same time as large-scale manufacturing. The implementation of COVID-19 vaccine distribution involved detailed planning focusing on every step of the process including:

  • Establishing and testing logistical plans with manufacturers and commercial partners that are part of CDC’s centralized COVID-19 vaccine delivery system
  • Coordinating the distribution of vaccines and needed supplies from centralized locations
  • Developing processes for ordering additional doses of the vaccine after the first supply has been shipped
  • Receiving, storing, and handling vaccines properly at very specific temperatures
  • Deciding who should receive a vaccine first, based on national recommendations, if there are not enough doses of the vaccine for everyone
  • Giving the vaccines safely during an ongoing pandemic
  • Reporting on vaccine inventory, administration, and safety using a variety of new and enhanced data systems
  • Expanding safety surveillance through new systems and additional information sources, as well as scaling up existing safety monitoring systems
  • Developing plans to assess vaccine effectiveness, which means how well the vaccines protect against COVID-19 under real-life conditions
  • Making sure the public, healthcare providers, state and local health departments and others receive timely, credible, clear communication about all aspects of the vaccination program
A safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine is a critical component of the U.S. strategy to reduce COVID-19-related illnesses, hospitalizations, and deaths. The U.S. government’s goal is to have enough COVID-19 vaccine doses for all people in the United States who choose to be vaccinated.

Manufacturing very large quantities of vaccine takes time. The goal is for everyone to be able to easily get a COVID-19 vaccine when large quantities are available for distribution.

CDC and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices have published recommendations for which groups should be vaccinated first to help guide decisions about how to distribute limited initial supplies of COVID-19 vaccine.

CDC makes recommendations for who should be offered COVID-19 vaccine first, and each state has its own plan to prioritize, distribute, and allocate vaccine. Learn more about how CDC makes vaccine recommendations. As more vaccines are authorized for use in the United States and the supply of vaccines increases, several thousand vaccination locations will be available, such as doctors’ offices, retail pharmacies, hospitals, and federally qualified health centers. Please contact your state health department for more information on its plan for COVID-19 vaccination.

Yes. Not enough information is currently available to say if or when CDC will stop recommending that people wear masks and avoid close contact with others to help prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19.

Experts need to understand more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide in real-world conditions before making that decision. Other factors, including how many people get vaccinated and how the virus is spreading in communities, will also affect this decision. We also don’t yet know whether getting a COVID-19 vaccine will prevent you from spreading the virus that causes COVID-19 to other people, even if you don’t get sick yourself. CDC will continue to update this page as we learn more.

While experts learn more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide under real-life conditions, it will be important for everyone to continue using all the tools available to help stop this pandemic. To protect yourself and others, follow these recommendations:

  • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from others
  • Avoid crowds
  • Avoid poorly ventilated spaces
  • Wash your hands often
Together, COVID-19 vaccination and following CDC’s recommendations for how to protect yourself and others will offer the best protection from getting and spreading COVID-19.

If you are a healthcare provider within Ada, Boise, Elmore and Valley Counties that is not enrolled to give vaccine, please call the CDH Call Center to have your practice added to a list for vaccine coordination. 208-321-2222 Open Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

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