How many times in the last 9 months have the words COVID-19 caused you to change the way you go about your daily life? How many times have the words COVID-19 kept you from seeing loved ones, from going to a concert, a sporting event or even from going to work?  To say that our lives have been altered by this pandemic is the biggest understatement of the year however, there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

The COVID-19 vaccine made by Pfizer is scheduled to arrive in Idaho next week. Obviously this doesn’t mean that our lives will go back to “normal” overnight but it’s a huge move in the right direction. During the AARP call Tuesday with Gov. Brad Little, Idaho Department of Health and Welfare Dave Jeppensen said that the state expect more than 13,000 doses of the vaccine to arrive the week of December 14th and more specifically Tuesday or Wednesday.

You might be asking yourself… What happens next? Who gets the vaccine first? When can I get it? On the same call Jeppesen stated that vaccine advisors have recommended that health care workers receive the vaccine first. The initial focus will be on ones that work in long-term care facilities such as nursing homes and residential assisted living centers. Law enforcement, teachers, jail and prison staff, food processing and grocery store employees, the Idaho National Guard would be next to receive the corona virus vaccine. The third round would go to older adults with existing health issues and then the general population. We're almost out of the woods, hang in there Idaho.

 

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