Eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine? Here's what you need to know

Posted at 6:08 PM, Jan 13, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-14 10:03:28-05

BOISE, Idaho — Those who are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine now might be wondering what the next steps look like.

Currently, Saint Alphonsus is offering the vaccine at four of its hospitals and five clinics. To get the vaccine, Saint Alphonsus Medical Group President Dr. Mark Nassir says it's best to set an appointment online and then verify eligibility on-site.

Idaho News 6 also reached out to Central District Health Wednesday on where first responders and safety workers, teachers, staff who work with children from infancy through high school, and correctional facility staff (within their jurisdiction Ada, Canyon, Elmore, and Valley Counties) should turn for information on their vaccines.

Christine Myron, a spokeswoman for CDH, said in a statement:

"We are working directly through these subgroups with which we have relationships with. For instance, we have collected counts from schools within our entire jurisdiction. One of our school liaison team members was conversing with West Ada about their numbers this afternoon. This week we will be turning those lists over to our enrolled vaccine providers who will connect with those groups to schedule them for a vaccine. We will be asking our childcare providers to reach out to our call center to be connected with enrolled vaccine providers—208-321-2222 (M-F 8:30 am to 4:30 pm). Our EMS workers are being accounted for through our community partners and they will receive information on access to vaccines. As you can imagine, these are significantly-sized groups of individuals and as of at this point in time, all are offering vaccines on an appointment-basis. With all things subject to change."

Beginning Feb. 1, adults 65 years and older are eligible for the vaccine. If you have questions or concerns about your upcoming eligibility, CDH encourages reaching out to your primary care provider and schedule an appointment.

"I do know that vaccine providers are currently only scheduling appointments for doses they have available. It is possible some will create waitlists, but again, this is a significant-sized group, and vaccine allocations are still limited," Myron said.

For the latest on Idaho's vaccination efforts, click here.

For Central District Health's Coronoavirus homepage, click here.