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Vaccines are one of the tools we have to fight the pandemic.
Vaccinations play a huge role in reducing severe symptoms and death from the coronavirus. According to the CDC, studies show COVID-19 vaccines are safe and very effective.
The Panhandle Health District is overseeing the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccines provided by the State of Idaho. Vaccines will be administered to groups as outlined in the state’s prioritization schedule.
Who Is Eligible for a COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shot?
What You Need to Know:
COVID-19 Vaccine booster shots are available for the following Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine recipients who completed their initial series at least 6 months ago and are:
COVID-19 Vaccination + Booster Appointments
Click below to schedule your COVID-19 Vaccine or Booster appointment(s):
Heritage Health Vaccination Efforts
(Kootenai and Shoshone Co.)
*statistics updated weekly
Heritage Health will be assisting the Panhandle Health District to help deliver the COVID-19 vaccination to residents in Kootenai and Shoshone counties.
*As supplies of the vaccine increase, we anticipate more people being vaccinated. Currently, Heritage Health is receiving a total of 760 total doses per week.
Frequently Asked Questions
Production of the COVID-19 vaccines began sooner than is typical. Normally, production starts after a pharmaceutical company completes the development stage for a vaccine, which includes rigorous testing for safety and effectiveness. Every vaccine goes through a series of reviews and approvals by the FDA and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), among others. In the case of COVID-19 vaccines, the federal government invested taxpayer dollars to encourage pharmaceutical companies to start production before the development stage completed.
The vaccines are still going through the same rigorous testing for safety and effectiveness, review, and approval process. However, because pharmaceutical companies began manufacturing the vaccine during the clinical trials, they were able to make the vaccines available as soon as they were authorized.
COVID-19 vaccination can help keep you from getting COVID-19. COVID-19 vaccines are being carefully evaluated in clinical trials and will be authorized or approved only if they are shown to be safe and effective in reducing your chances of getting COVID-19. Based on what we know about vaccines for other diseases, experts believe that getting a COVID-19 vaccine may help keep you from getting seriously ill even if you do get COVID-19. Getting vaccinated yourself may also protect people around you, particularly people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
COVID-19 vaccination will be an important tool to help stop the COVID-19 pandemic. Wearing masks and social distancing help reduce your chance of being exposed to the virus or spreading it to others, but these measures are difficult to maintain for long periods of time. Vaccines will work with your immune system so it will be ready to fight the virus if you are exposed.
You should discuss your concerns with your healthcare provider to determine what is best for you. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers clinical guidance on the first (Pfizer) vaccine.
Herd immunity, also called community immunity, is a term used to describe the point at which enough people in a community have protection so that it is unlikely a virus or bacteria can spread and cause disease. As a result, the entire community has some protection even if some individuals do not have any protection themselves (for example, those who cannot be vaccinated because of health reasons). The percentage of people who need to have protection to achieve herd immunity varies by disease. Experts do not yet know what percentage of people would need to get vaccinated to achieve herd immunity to COVID-19.
mRNA is not able to alter or modify a person’s genetic makeup (DNA). The mRNA from a COVID-19 vaccine never enters the nucleus of the cell, which is where our DNA is. This means the mRNA does not affect or interact with our DNA in any way. Instead, COVID-19 vaccines that use mRNA work with the body’s natural defenses to safely develop protection (immunity) to disease. Learn more about how COVID-19 mRNA vaccines work
COVID-19 vaccines cannot give you COVID-19. There are several different types of vaccines in development. However, the goal for each of them is to teach our immune system how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19. Some people will get fever, chills, fatigues or body aches 1-2 days after vaccination. These symptoms are a sign that your body is building immunity. They are not a sign that the vaccine caused COVID-19.
- Vaccine supplies are limited.
- Appointments are booked quickly.
- For now, we deliver the two-shot vaccination.
- The vaccine is being administered at The Salvation Army Kroc Center in Coeur d’Alene and at our Kellogg Clinic by appointment only.
- No Walk-ins!
- Patients should bring proof of eligibility. If you do not meet the criteria, you will not be provided vaccination at the vaccine clinic.
- Do not make multiple appointments. Please do not schedule unless you are able to make the appointment.
- Please DO NOT CALL the clinics for appointments.
- Please do not arrive more than 10 minutes in advance of your appointment to ensure we have adequate room for social distancing.
- You must commit to completing the two doses of the vaccine. Your second dose will be scheduled at your first dose appointment.
- If you are suffering from the coronavirus, please wait until all of your symptoms have subsided before getting the vaccine.
After getting the vaccine, some people encounter side effects. These may include:
- pain where the shot is given
- or headache lasting 1-2 days
These are normal signs that your body is building protection against COVID-19. Learn more about what to expect after getting your COVID-19 vaccine.