A Public Health Advisory is in Place for Ada, Boise, Elmore & Valley Counties
1/11/21 CDH News Release: COVID-19 vaccine update for Central District Health jurisdiction
Note: Public listening of media availability on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021 from 2:30 to 3:00 pm via YouTube, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4LJ1BM5Jv3zczecnYkXarw. The segment will be recorded and posted to CDH's YouTube page upon conclusion
As vaccines are approved through an emergency use authorization (EUA), it will still take some time before everyone has the opportunity to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. We need to vaccinate hundreds of millions of people in the United States alone, so it will be a long process to make, distribute, and give that many doses of vaccine.
The first doses of COVID-19 vaccine are being offered to people working in healthcare settings, which will help protect and preserve our healthcare workforce, and our most vulnerable community members who live in long-term care facilities. Other groups that will be offered some of the early doses include first responders, essential workers, adults with high-risk medical conditions, and older adults. Idaho's plan includes a 3-phased approach that ties directly to vaccine availability; moving from limited availability of vaccine and vaccinating identified priority groups, to wide availability of vaccine and vaccinating the general public as part of a routine immunization schedule.
Central District Health is working closely with state public health, healthcare, and local partners on the distribution plan for its jurisdiction of Ada, Boise, Elmore, and Valley Counties.
Phase information included below is from the state coronavirus vaccine Process to Prioritize Groups Summary Document, found HERE. The Idaho COVID-19 Vaccine Plan (interim) can be found HERE.
Phase 1: Healthcare Personnel & Residents of Long-term Care Facilities
We are currently in this Phase
Phase 2: Essential Workers
A vaccine for COVID-19 is only one of the ways to stop the spread of the disease. Because the supply of vaccine will be limited at first, doing other things to help stop the spread will be just as important as it is now. This means still wearing a face mask, staying at least 6-feet away from others, washing your hands often, and staying home if you are sick.
If you fall into the first phase to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, your employer will provide information on who is eligible, when, and where to go to receive your vaccine. Once the vaccine is more widely available to the community, we anticipate that healthcare providers, including pharmacies, will help direct people to their vaccine clinics. CDH will help share this information when it is available.
If you are a healthcare provider within Ada, Boise, Elmore and Valley Counties that is not enrolled to give vaccine, please call the CDH Call Center to have your practice added to a list for vaccine coordination. 208-321-2222 Open Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.
Vaccine doses purchased with U.S. taxpayer dollars will be given to the American people at
no cost. Providers that participate in the CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Program contractually
agree to administer a COVID-19 vaccine regardless of an individual’s ability to pay for the
administration and regardless of their coverage status, and also may not seek any
reimbursement, including through balance billing, from a vaccine recipient.
People without health insurance or whose insurance does not provide coverage of the vaccine administration cost can also receive COVID-19 vaccine for free. Providers administering the vaccine to people without health insurance or whose insurance does not provide coverage of the vaccine administration can request reimbursement through the Provider Relief Fund. Providers who have questions about billing or reimbursement of vaccine administration for patients covered by private insurance or Medicaid should contact the respective health plan or state Medicaid agency.
If you are a healthcare provider within Ada, Boise, Elmore and Valley Counties that is not enrolled to give vaccine, please call the CDH Call Center to have your practice added to a list for vaccine coordination. 208-321-2222 Open Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm