Department of Health and Welfare says Idaho’s COVID-19 vaccine rate has been slow, but steady

Published: Jun. 8, 2021 at 5:12 PM MDT|Updated: Jun. 8, 2021 at 5:13 PM MDT
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TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) — At Tuesday’s Department of Health and Welfare meeting, the DHW director Dave Jeppesen said the COVID-19 case numbers in Idaho continue to decline and remain below 5%.

Recently, Idaho reached 600,000 Idahoans fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Department of Health and Welfare officials say the demand for the vaccine isn’t as high as in other states, and are looking into different incentive options for people who are getting the vaccine.

They are also working with other states to see what has been working for them to encourage people to get the vaccine.

“We continue to see progress in our vaccine uptake across the state, not as quickly as we are seeing in other parts of the country, but we are seeing slow, steady progress and we want to do everything we can to make sure vaccines are being rolled out across the state,” said Elke Shaw Tulloch, with the Department of Health and Welfare.

Currently, more than 70% of seniors, those 65 and older, are fully vaccinated, which they say is a big step.

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