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COVID-19 Vaccine appointments opening for residents 65 years and older

Vaccinating this priority group is expected to take weeks, while Idaho continues to receive a limited number of doses.
Published: Jan. 27, 2021 at 4:07 PM MST|Updated: Jan. 28, 2021 at 4:50 PM MST
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TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) — The South Central Public Health District and local healthcare providers are preparing to open vaccine distribution to priority group 2.2: people over 65 years old on Monday, Feb. 1 at 8 a.m.

“This group includes many of our residents at highest risk for severe cases of COVID-19. We are eager to give them another tool to stay healthy in this pandemic,” said Melody Bowyer, SCPHD Director.

Vaccinating this priority group is expected to take weeks, while Idaho continues to receive a limited number of doses. If the region receives more vaccine, appointments will increase. Some local providers, listed here, have already started making appointments for this priority group.

South Central Public Health District will reserve the first several Monday vaccine clinics for people over the age of 75. This age group historically has the highest death rate from COVID-19, and SCPHD wants to make sure our older residents have an opportunity to receive a dose.

Because vaccine supply is inconsistent, the health district will only schedule appointments a week in advance to ensure a dose is available for each appointment. If you qualify for vaccine and would like to set an appointment with the health district, please fill out this form to be placed on a waiting list. SCPHD staff members will use that list to call and fill all available vaccine appointments in the coming weeks. SCPHD will not provide a vaccine to individuals who do not have an appointment.

Other local providers may follow different protocols depending on their own internal policies. If you would prefer to use a provider other than the health district, please refer to this list to select and contact a provider near you.

St. Luke’s Health System will open COVID-19 vaccine appointments for Idahoans who are age 65 and older. Due to limited vaccine supply, healthy, younger seniors are encouraged to wait one week to book their appointments to allow Idahoans over 80 years old or with serious health conditions to book their appointments first. To verify appropriate group placement, people will be required to provide proof of employment or age at their appointment. COVID vaccine will not be given if the person does not have the proper identification. Examples include a badge, pay stub, W2, driver’s license, or passport.

Seniors will be able to make vaccine appointments beginning Monday at 8 a.m. St. Luke’s patients can schedule appointments for their first dose of the vaccine online using myChart for the quickest access. People who have never used St. Luke’s services may set-up a myChart account online or by calling 208-381-9000.

Any residents who qualify for the vaccine in group 1 or subgroup 2.1, and haven’t received a dose, are encouraged to sign up for a vaccine appointment as soon as possible.

“We have tens of thousands of residents over the age of 65 who are eager to receive vaccine. Demand for a dose is about to go up dramatically. If you qualify for a dose, don’t wait to sign up for an appointment,” said Logan Hudson, SCPHD Public Health Division Administrator.

Any residents who qualify for the vaccine in group 1 or subgroup 2.1, and haven’t received a dose, are encouraged to sign up for a vaccine appointment as soon as possible.

“We have tens of thousands of residents over the age of 65 who are eager to receive the vaccine. Demand for a dose is about to go up dramatically. If you qualify for a dose, don’t wait to sign up for an appointment,” said Logan Hudson, SCPHD Public Health Division Administrator.

Priority Group 1 includes:

  • Hospital staff essential for the care of COVID-19 patients
  • Long-term care facility residents and staff (vaccine administration provided through the Pharmacy Partnership Program)
  • Outpatient & Inpatient clinic/medical staff who are unable to telework
  • Home healthcare providers
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants
  • Pharmacists, pharmacy techs, and pharmacy aides
  • Emergency management response workers
  • Coroners
  • First Responders
  • School Nurses
  • Priority Group 2.1 includes:
  • Pre-K-12 school employees
  • Childcare workers.

Priority Group 2.2 includes:

  • Residents 65+

Important for scheduling for 65+ appointments:

  • Providers are requesting that priority be given to people over the age of 80 or with serious health conditions.
  • Younger, healthy seniors are encouraged to wait one week to allow the most vulnerable to schedule first given the limited availability of doses.
  • ONLY qualifying people within the specific groups should schedule appointments at this time.
  • COVID-19 vaccine will NOT be given if proper proof of employment or age is not provided at the appointment.

See the full priority list on the state website: coronavirus.idaho.gov.

Those 65 and older can schedule

Please honor any appointments you schedule. The vaccine has to be prepared in advance. Failing to show for your appointment places that dose at risk, and takes away another person’s chance to be vaccinated. If you do not qualify for the vaccine in any of the current priority groups, you may sign up here for an email update alerting you when the vaccine is available and how to sign up.

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