Vaccines can help you from getting seriously ill from COVID-19. The known benefits of the vaccine out weigh the potential risk and you may choose to vaccinate or not, but this is an important step towards ‘herd immunity’ for our communities and getting the world to a post pandemic state of business and activities.
The Power County Hospital District has been receiving the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for distribution. We will follow the state and federal hierarchy guidelines for giving this vaccine to eligible individuals and are dependent upon state allocated supplies to administer it. We will continue to communicate vaccine distribution information via our Facebook page, this website, and the local papers. We encourage you to visit the CDC website and Idaho Coronavirus webpage for more information about the vaccines and the distribution guidelines we will be following.
**Idaho now has a COVID VACCINE PRE-REGISTRATION WEBSITE for individuals to enter information AND then wait to be contacted by a vaccine provider when you are eligible for the vaccine and an appointment is available!
Currently we are also working with Rockland Pharmacy and the county to distribute the vaccine as quickly as we can. If you are interested in getting the vaccine, please contact our Power County Family Clinic at 208-226-1057 to be placed on our waiting list for future vaccine scheduling.
- Anyone age 65+ or those in previous phases of the Idaho Vaccine distribution guideline are now eligible to get the vaccine.
- Scheduling and administering the vaccine is very time sensitive! It is very important to show up for your vaccination at the scheduled time.
- We cannot and will not be flexible with scheduling to avoid wasting vaccine doses. If you cannot make the weekly available appointments, then you may be bumped to another week.
- If you cannot make a scheduled time, please contact us as soon as possible so that we might find a replacement on our list.
- Walk-in appointments for vaccination are not available.
- Booster shots are important to get the full efficacy of the vaccine in your protection against COVID. Please remember that boosters are recommended 28 days (Moderna) after your first dose. You cannot get your booster early, but you may get it later. If you cannot make your booster dose appointment, then you may be responsible for contacting the health department to arrange getting your booster elsewhere.
More Vaccine Details:
- The Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine has not been approved or licensed by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), but has been authorized for emergency use (EUA) to prevent Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) for individuals 18 years of age and older. The FDA states “mRNA-1273 COVID-19 vaccine is 94.1% effective in preventing severe COVID-19, with no specific safety concerns identified that would preclude issuance of an EUA.”
- If you have had the COVID-19 virus you should wait 90-days to receive the vaccination. This will help allot the vaccine to others in need, since those that have had the illness should have some immunity resistance for up to 90 days.
- Wearing masks, frequent handwashing, and social distancing will still need to be practiced by everyone, even if you do receive the vaccine, until a majority of the population is vaccinated.
- The vaccine will be injected into your arm muscle. The vaccine will NOT give you COVID-19, it does not contain SARS-CoV-2.
- Side effects to watch for after you get the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine include:
- Injection site reactions such as pain, tenderness and swelling of lymph nodes in the same arm as the injection, swelling, hardness and redness
- General side effects such as fatique, muscle pain, headache, joint pain, chills, nausea, vomiting and fever
- If you think you are having a severe allergic reaction you may experience: Difficulty breathing, swelling of face and throat, fast heartbeat, a bad rash all over your body, dizziness and weakness. If you think you are having a severe allergic reaction use your epi pen or call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest hospital
- These may not be all of the possible side effects, other unexpected side effects may occur.
- A second dose of the Moderna vaccine is REQUIRED 28 days after the first dose for the greatest efficacy. You will get a reminder card at the time of your first dose- keep this for documentation and tracking of your doses.
- You cannot mix doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.
- Your vaccination information will be entered in to the State of Idaho IRIS vaccine/immunization system.
- Here are some of the things you should mention or discuss with your provider before you get the vaccine to address concerns:
- Have any allergies or allergic reactions to other vaccines.
- Have a fever.
- Have a bleeding disorder or take blood thinners.
- Are immunocompromised or are on a medicine that affects you immune system-consult your health care provider.
- Are pregnant or plan to become pregnant or are breastfeeding-consult your healthcare provider.
- Have received another COVID-19 vaccine or other vaccination recently (flu, shingles, hepatitis, etc.)
- You should not get the vaccine if you have had a severe allergic reaction after a previous dose of this vaccine or had a severe allergic reaction to any ingredient of this vaccine.