Everyone was so excited about the COVID-19 vaccine and the fact that it represented a light at the end of a dark, dark tunnel. As it turns out the roll out has been less than smooth. If you listen to the new President he says there was no plan by the Trump administration to execute the vaccinations. A week ago the Treasure Valley had 100,000  vaccines sitting in random freezers waiting to be applied. All politics aside, the process is getting better and better everyday. We've seen mass vaccination sites using stadiums pop up all over the country and we seem to be moving in the right direction.

While we have yet to see a mass vaccination site pop up locally, Saint Alphonsus just announced  that it's consolidating all of their coronavirus vaccination clinics to the Village at Meridian. If you've ever been to the former Gordmans store you already know that it's a huge space, 50,000 square feet to be exact. The building is located at 2260 North Eagle Road and is next to the Petco store.

"We have been holding vaccination clinics at our Idaho hospitals and clinics since mid-December and have administered more than 25,000 vaccine doses in Idaho," said Jennifer Misajet, Regional Chief Nursing Officer for Saint Alphonsus Health System and Vice President of Operations for Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in a ktvb interview.

"By consolidating all these clinics to one central and easily accessible location with convenient parking, we will be able to streamline the vaccination process and reduce the disruption and inconvenience to patients and staff at our hospitals and family medicine clinic locations."

When will the mass vaccination be up and running? and what happens to your existing appointment at Saint Alphonsus? Thursday, Feb.18 is the first day of operations and all existing appointments whether they were scheduled in Boise or Nampa will now move to the Village at Meridian. All patients affected by the move will be notified individually.

On a community note Misajet told ktvb, "We are so appreciative of CenterCal Properties, owners of The Village at Meridian, for making this space available,"

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