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Idaho Vaccine Prioritization

    The Idaho COVID-19 Vaccine Advisory Committee (CVAC) is currently considering who will be included in the next group (Group 3 or 1c) of people to be given the COVID-19 vaccinations. It will be months before there is enough for everyone who wants it. 

   The CVAC is prioritizing the next group of people to get the vaccine. It may be based on: age, occupation, health conditions, or a combination of the above.

   On Fridays during March, the CVAC will meet weekly to hear public comment. Please submit comments to covid19vaccinepubliccomment@dhw.idaho.gov

Comments received by noon on Monday are distributed and reviewed each week.

   There are approximately 241,000 people with disabilities living in Idaho. It is important to know that not all people with disabilities are at higher risk for getting COVID and experiencing severe illness.

   Some people with disabilities and/or chronic health conditions are at greater risk of severe illness, hospitalization and death from COVID and should be given prioritization to receive the vaccine. Many are easy to identify because of Medicaid services. And many unpaid, family caregivers are also easily identified through Medicaid waivers and enhanced Medicare programs. Other vulnerable populations may be harder to identify, medical providers could help prioritize people they serve. Add to that, many people with disabilities have little or no access to health care due to social and systemic inequities.          

   Prioritizing adults with disabilities and people with chronic health conditions who use HCBS or other Medicaid enhanced plans will not capture everyone under 65 with a disability or chronic health condition. Including unpaid family caregivers will significantly improve lives and decrease risk of death. Without prioritization many in the high risk group will not be eligible to receive their vaccination for many months because of their age.

    To learn more about the Idaho COVID-19 Vaccine plan, visit the Idaho COVID-19 Vaccine page. https://coronavirus.idaho.gov/covid-19-vaccine/  

Vaccine Considerations for People with Disabilities, updated February 17, 2021