The first air tight and ice cold cases of the COVID-19 vaccine have officially started arriving at Treasure Valley Hospitals including St. Luke's and St. Alphonsus. Some front line health care workers have already had the vaccine in Boise. Other Idaho Hospitals are expecting their cases to show up any day. Nearly all main Idaho hospitals should have the vaccines for front line health care workers by the end of the week.

According to Idaho News CBS, West Valley Medical Center is also ready to give its workers the vaccine. "I personally believe that this vaccine is safe and effective and I am encouraging all of our providers and staff to get the vaccine and help protect the community and help our capacity issues we are seeing right now.," said Tracee Hendershott, West Valley chief nursing officer.

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In today's Southwest District Health Board meeting the health district board members discussed the plan for distributing the vaccine. According to Idaho News channel 2, Public Preparedness Manager Ricky Bowman said is moving quickly saying 2,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine will be distributed this week and another 2,000 doses will arrive in three weeks for the second shot of the vaccine. They are still working on details for distribution past health care workers. The Moderna vaccine is expected to start arriving next week.

During the meeting about 75 protesters gathered outside and one person was arrested for trespass prior to the meeting.

 

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