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Gov. Brad Little signs executive order aimed at speeding up vaccine rollout

Posted at 1:39 PM, Jan 28, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-29 09:40:56-05

IDAHO — Gov. Brad Little announced he has signed an executive order to help speed up the COVID-19 vaccine rollout while promoting transparency in vaccine administration.

The order requires public health districts and healthcare providers to regularly report the number of vaccine doses they have been given as well as how many doses they have in inventory.

“Safety and transparency are paramount in the rollout of COVID-19 vaccine in Idaho,” Little said in a statement. “We owe it to Idahoans to get shots in the arms of people who want it within seven days of doses coming into Idaho. Using the information that will be available through my executive order, we will be able to tell if a provider is not administering their allocated doses quickly enough so we can step in to help speed things up.”

As Idaho moves into the next phase of vaccine rollout, which includes Idahoans 65 years and older, Little asked residents to be patient.

“I want to be clear – there is still a big gap between supply and demand at this point. The senior population in Idaho includes more than 265,000 people. Idaho is receiving 24,000 first doses per week. Based on our current allocation, it could take nearly two months for eligible people to receive their first dose,” Little said in a statement. “So I ask, please be patient.”

Little said he plans to review Idaho vaccine information daily to help ensure the vaccine doses are distributed evenly across the state.

Currently, healthcare workers, staff and residents of long-term care facilities, teachers and more are eligible to get the vaccine. Idahoans 65 years and older will be eligible to get the vaccine beginning Feb. 1, among others.

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