Vaccinations See ‘Slow, Steady Progress,’ Idaho Health Officials Say

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Although COVID-19 circumstances are down throughout the board in Idaho, greater than 90% of individuals not too long ago contaminated in Idaho have been unvaccinated, or the state did not have proof of their vaccination report, Deputy State Epidemiologist Dr. Kathryn Turner informed reporters Tuesday.

State Epidemiologist Dr. Christine Hahn mentioned the state is happy in regards to the excessive fee of Idaho seniors which have been vaccinated — about 76% of these 65 and older have gotten not less than one dose. Hospitalizations amongst folks 80 and older are down 80% since January.

However with lower than half of eligible folks in Idaho with not less than their first vaccine dose, the state has a protracted technique to go, Hahn mentioned. She mentioned she’s notably fearful in regards to the fall when flu season begins.

“The hospitals may get overwhelmed. Even when COVID doesn’t surge an excessive amount of, if we’ve each happening, it may add as much as fairly a problem,” she mentioned.

Throughout the media briefing Tuesday, Public Well being Administrator Elke Shaw-Tulloch mentioned Idaho’s tempo of vaccination is lagging behind different states, however she mentioned Idaho continues to be making “sluggish, regular progress.”

Within the final week, about 25,000 doses have been administered in Idaho, down from a excessive of greater than 90,000 the primary week of April.

“We’re going to have to only maintain chipping away at this,” mentioned Hahn, “and the way we will help help the native well being districts and native well being services, medical doctors, to do that work, is absolutely the place we’re centered proper now.”

Hahn and different state well being division leaders mentioned native well being departments have not too long ago seen success in doing small pop-up clinics, the place they may solely vaccinate 10 or 20 folks.

The state well being division will likely be working to supply correct vaccine info and assets to native physicians, who can then relay it to their sufferers.

State well being officers have nonetheless not dominated out vaccine incentives, however they mentioned they need to assess how issues are working in different states which have rolled them out.

Discover reporter Rachel Cohen on Twitter @racheld_cohen

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