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Boise (Idaho politician)-The Idaho Coronavirus Vaccine Advisory Committee voted Friday to include Idaho people over 65 in the next phase of COVID-19 vaccine promotion.
Idaho estimates that this phase of the vaccine schedule is scheduled to begin next month.
The vote was to recommend changes to Idaho Governor Brad Little, whose Idaho Department of Health and Welfare established the committee to help make decisions on the details of the vaccine launch. There is almost no need to approve the proposal before the decision is finalized. A spokesperson said on Friday that he will announce the committee’s recommendations next week.
The timetable initially put Idaho people aged 75 and over with basic frontline workers in the next group for immunization against COVID-1
However, after some discussion of the committee’s priorities, 25 of the 32 voting members chose to add people aged 65 to 74 to the next stage. These priorities include maintaining the capacity of the healthcare system and protecting those at higher risk of death.
They also voted to clarify who are key workers in certain categories, such as inspectors in food processing plants, staff in residential schools and behavioral health centers, and pantry workers. They finished the meeting before they had the opportunity to vote on many different professions that belonged to the miscellaneous category.
They will receive Pfizer or Moderna vaccines-but they may receive other types of vaccines for federal emergency use authorization.