COVID-19 Vaccine Advisory Committee sends recommendations to governor
The Idaho COVID-19 Vaccine Advisory Committee (CVAC) sent recommendations for several additional clarifications to Group 2 and the results of a preliminary vote on the approach the committee would use to prioritize Group 3 to Gov. Brad Little after its regular meeting Friday.
The votes are recommendations that are subject to approval, rejection, or modification by Little.
The committee's recommendations for clarifications to Group 2 are:
Also, between this meeting and the previous one, CVAC made the following recommendations:
Also on Friday, CVAC had a discussion about an approach for prioritizing Group 3. They considered the population groups identified by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) Phase 3, which includes people ages 16-64 years old with health conditions that make them high risk for COVID-19 and other essential workers not already covered in Idaho's Group 2. CVAC took a preliminary vote to assist with identifying the next steps for setting direction for prioritizing Group 3. CVAC agreed that an approach to using age groups to assist with prioritization is preferred.
The vote is preliminary and the committee may settle on a different recommendation for how to prioritize Group 3 in the future.
"Given the spirit of the conversation that we had today it's very clear that more time is needed to be really thoughtful about our next steps and be strategic," said Elke Shaw-Tulloch, CVAC's executive secretary and administrator of the Division of Public Health. "But this vote did give us a good flavor of what (CVAC members) are all thinking about."
CVAC's next meetings are scheduled for March 5 and March 19.
The Idaho COVID-19 Vaccine Advisory Committee was formed by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare at the direction of Little in October and its members represent stakeholders from across Idaho, including the tribes, priority populations, healthcare systems and providers, and immunization organizations.
Learn more about the committee and find meeting materials at https://coronavirus.idaho.gov/idaho-covid-19-vaccine-advisory-committee/.
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