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Bill aims to speed up Idaho coronavirus vaccinations

Idaho Statehouse
Posted at 9:26 AM, Feb 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-05 11:27:12-05

BOISE, Idaho — Legislation intended to speed up Idaho coronavirus vaccinations that includes a $5,000 fine for businesses that fail to report they're hanging onto unused doses has been introduced.

The House State Affairs Committee on Thursday cleared the way for a public hearing for the bill sponsored by Democratic Rep. John Gannon and Republican Rep. Bruce Skaug. The bill would require businesses to administer 70% of vaccination doses within two weeks of receiving them.

Unused doses would be sent to a different entity that could use them.

Nearly 90,000 Idaho residents have received their first dose of the two-shot vaccine. More than 26,000 have received both doses.