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Idaho COVID-19 Vaccine Advisory Committee clarifies group 2, begins discussing group 3 eligibility

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Posted at 3:37 PM, Feb 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-22 10:53:10-05

BOISE, Idaho — Weather across the country is causing COVID-19 vaccine distribution delays. Idaho's COVID-19 Vaccine Advisory Committee (CVAC) says this week's shipment of vaccines is now expected next week on Monday and Wednesday.

The committee also voted on recommendations to Gov. Brad Little that would include social security administration staff to eligible for the vaccine in group 2.1. They also started discussing what group three will look like.

"Again, I want to thank everyone for the conversation," said Monica Revoczi, CVAC committee member. "Acknowledging the difficulty of these decisions and incorporating all the pieces of information. The data. The public input. All the respected and knowledge expertise and that is how we get the best outcome but it's not an easy process."

The recommendation for group 3 is split between two options. One, going based on age for Idahoans 55 to 64. The other is in favor of people 50 to 64 with at least one high-risk medical condition to be vaccinated before the next round of essential workers.

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The committee's high-risk conditions include:

  • Cancer
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • COPD
  • Down syndrome
  • Heart conditions
  • Immunocompromised states
  • Obesity
  • Current pregnancy
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Smoking
  • Type 2 diabetes

The committee opted to discuss "essential workers" in the next group at more length in the next meeting.

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CVAC is just making recommendations and Gov. Little will have the final say. The committee does accept public comment in writing to this email address: covid19vaccinepubliccomment@dhw.idaho.gov.

All comments received by noon the Monday before CVAC meetings on Fridays will be distributed to the members of the committee before each meeting.