Omicron variant identified in Fremont County Eastern Idaho Public Health encourages vaccination and booster for COVID-19
December 23, 2021
(EASTERN IDAHO) – Eastern Idaho Public Health (EIPH) has confirmed the first case of the Omicron COVID-19 variant in the health district. The infected individual resides in Fremont County.
The COVID-19 vaccines continue to be effective at reducing the risk of severe disease, hospitalization, and death from COVID-19. Public health officials in Idaho continue to recommend that everyone 5 years of age or older get the COVID-19 vaccine, and that individuals 16 and older get a COVID-19 booster shot. To schedule an appointment for a booster shot or a first or second dose of vaccine, please call 208-533-3223.
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