Primary Health on track to vaccinate over 400 people during first week

Posted at 1:15 PM, Dec 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-23 10:50:12-05

BOISE, Idaho — Primary Health Medical Group says they are on track to vaccinate over 400 people during the first week of having the Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine. The medical group received their first shipment of the vaccine on December 18.

Primary Health is following the priority groups outlined by Central District Health. The vaccine is being offered to Primary Health staff and providers first, with staggered schedules to ensure multiple clinic staff will not be out the same day with potential side effects, according to a news release.

The additional vaccine has or will be, administered to select other healthcare providers in the Treasure Valley.

“Our first priority was to offer COVID-19 vaccine to our employees, and I am thrilled to say more than 300 of our staff and providers have already taken advantage of that," said Dr. David Peterman, pediatrician and CEO. "In addition, we expect to receive 2,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine this week, at which point we will continue vaccinating health care workers outside Primary Health at four of our Boise locations. Our clinics are uniquely set up for easy access, and our immunization team has a long history of successfully vaccinating our community, so it makes sense for us to continue this service. We are working closely with the hospitals to coordinate this effort. This level of cooperation is critical when it comes to the timely vaccination of health care workers in our community, and we are very pleased to be in a position to help.”

Primary Health says they plan to continue expanding vaccine services in Ada and Canyon counties, with the goal of giving 200 vaccinations per day. So far in Idaho, 5,665 people have received the COVID-19 vaccine.