COVID-19 Vaccine Advisory Committee sends recommendations to Governor Little
The Idaho COVID-19 Vaccine Advisory Committee (CVAC) will send recommendations for prioritizing Group 3 plus one clarification on Group 2 to Governor Brad Little after its regular meeting Friday.
The recommendations are subject to approval, rejection, or modification by Little.
"CVAC made significant strides in charting a plan for vaccinating Group 3 today balancing efficiency and equity," said Elke Shaw-Tulloch, CVAC's executive secretary and administrator of the Division of Public Health, after the meeting. "There remains much work to do when it comes to determining the process for vaccinating Group 3, but the committee has agreed on a basic framework that will now be considered by Gov. Little."
CVAC is recommending a process for vaccinating Group 3 that alternates between age groups only, and people in certain age groups with at least one medical condition that puts them at increased risk for severe COVID-19 illness as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The specifics of this alternating schedule for Group 3 will be determined in the future.
Considerations for votes for Group 3 included people who are 16 to 64 years of age with medical conditions that increase the risk for severe COVID-19 as well as essential workers that have not yet been eligible for vaccine. That includes workers in the following fields:
During the meeting, CVAC also voted on the following recommendations:
CVAC's next meeting is scheduled for 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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