Idaho working on distribution plan for COVID-19 vaccine

Posted at 12:01 PM, Dec 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-02 10:47:16-05

BOISE, Idaho — Idaho is already working on its plan for distributing vaccines for COVID-19. The emergency use authorization is currently being looked at for the Pfizer vaccine, with the Moderna vaccine potentially to follow.

All local public health jurisdictions are working with the state immunization program to create a rollout plan for the vaccine, if and when the emergency use authorization is granted.

Central District Health says Idaho won't see large numbers of the vaccine rolling into the state just yet, since our population is small. But millions of doses will go to countries around the world.

"We may receive somewhere to the tune of 4,800 doses initially for our public health jurisdiction," said Brandon Atkins, public information officer of CDH. "And those will go pretty quickly, and then remembering this is for the Pfizer vaccine which requires special handling and a two-dose vaccine."

Atkins says those who receive the first dose will be ensured to get the second. There will be a priority list to determine who receives the first vaccine.

December 11 is the date in mind for when the FDA could approve the Pfizer vaccine and Atkins says we might see some vaccines roll into Idaho later in December.