Governor: Idaho in a race to get residents vaccinated

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Posted at 2:56 PM, Dec 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-22 16:56:35-05

BOISE, Idaho — Idaho Gov. Brad Little says the state is in a race to get people vaccinated against the coronavirus while simultaneously limiting its spread long enough to avoid running out of healthcare capacity.

The Republican governor said Tuesday that the vaccination program is a high priority for him and Idaho Department of Health and Welfare Director Dave Jeppesen. Little says the state on Tuesday received 28,000 doses of a recently approved vaccine from Moderna Inc. That is in addition to the 23,700 doses the state has been receiving from Pfizer-BioNTech.

The first round of vaccines is going to an estimated 130,000 front-line healthcare workers and people in long-term care facilities.