Lemhi County Covid-19 Vaccine Rollout for Ages 65 and Older
February 03, 2021
(Eastern Idaho) – The COVID-19 vaccine rollout for Priority Group 2.2, adults age 65 and older, is finally here with vaccinations starting in Lemhi County the week of February 1. We want people to understand this priority group (approximately 30,000 in Eastern Idaho Public Health’s 8-county region) is very large and it is anticipated a large percentage of these individuals will want to be vaccinated. Therefore, with limited vaccine available (approximately 2100 doses/week), many people in this priority group will not have access to the vaccine for weeks. If more vaccine is allocated to our region, more appointments will become available. We request continual patience and understanding as we undertake this monumental task of administering the COVID-19 vaccine to adults 65 and older.
Steele Memorial Medical Center, Salmon Pharmacy, and Eastern Idaho Public Health have joined together and will provide the COVID vaccine to this group. On Friday, January 29, it was announced that appointment scheduling for Priority Group 2.2 (adults 65 and older) would open at noon on January 29.
ALL Salmon vaccines will be administered at The Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-day Saints (400 South Daisy Street, Salmon, ID) beginning February 3. Vaccine appointments were made electronically or by call-in to any of the three partners with a total of 450 appointments made available between February 3, 10, and 17. At this time, all appointments have been scheduled. Eastern Idaho Public Health anticipates opening additional slots in weeks to come. Stay tuned to local news for up-to-date information and notifications.
Additional vaccines will be administered weekly in Leadore, Idaho at the Fire Station on Tuesdays from 10-11 am and Elk Bend, Idaho QRU on Tuesdays from 2-3pm. Recipients must be residents of Leadore/Lemhi or Elk Bend area to receive the vaccine. Appointments are required. Please contact EIPH to schedule, either online or via phone.
Due to COVID safety precautions, vaccine appointments are required. We will not be accepting any walk-in appointments. When you come to your vaccine appointment, please bring identification documenting your age or employment status. We are asking for this to avoid people who are not yet eligible for the vaccine attempting to receive a dose before their priority group has been opened. Also, please wear a shirt that makes your upper arm accessible as this is the injection site for the vaccine. In addition, please wear a mask to protect yourself and the clinic staff. Lastly, we ask everyone to make every effort to keep their scheduled vaccine appointment and if not able to do so, please contact us to cancel. This will ensure timely distribution of the vaccine and will reduce that chance of wasted doses.
We receive shipments of both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine. The vaccine being used at each clinic is pre-determined and individuals are not able to request one over another.