We continue to follow the state’s recommendations. St. Luke’s is one of many providers giving COVID-19 vaccinations in Idaho. You can find a list of vaccine providers for your area on the Idaho COVID-19 Vaccination Information site.
St. Luke’s has appointments available for COVID-19 boosters after the primary series for those 16 and older who received the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine for their initial series six or more months ago or who received Johnson & Johnson two or more months ago. Appointments should be scheduled through MyChart or by calling (208) 381-9500.
Since we continue to have high demand for care and staffing challenges, those who visit our clinics without an appointment for the purpose of obtaining a COVID-19 booster may experience long wait times or may need to come back another day.
You can also receive your flu vaccine in the same visit by scheduling them together through MyChart. For the best patient experience, if you already have a flu shot scheduled, please go online to cancel the flu shot appointment and reschedule a combined visit.The CDC recently approved the recommendation
to make the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine boosters available to 12 to 15 year-olds and to moderately or severely immunocompromised 5–11-year-old children. At this time, only the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is authorized and recommended for children aged 5-11. Appointments are available in MyChart or by calling (208) 381-9500. Parents/guardians should create a MyChart for eligible children and set up proxy access if they have not already done so.
Parents or guardians can now make COVID-19 vaccine appointments at several of our sites for their children ages 5-11. You will find which sites are offering this vaccine to children in MyChart when you schedule. Please note, we are not able to accept walk-ins for this group (5-11) at this time.
To prepare, parents/guardians should create a MyChart account for eligible children and set up proxy access if they have not already done so. If you don’t find a vaccine administration site near you, please know that we are opening new sites as quickly as we can.
If you are unable to access MyChart, please call 208-381-9500 to make an appointment.
The CDC recommends that moderately to severely immunocompromised individuals who received the two-dose series of Pfizer or Moderna and their 3rd dose should get a booster dose after a minimum of 5 months after the 3rd dose. Though it is recommended that the third dose be the same brand as the initial series, it is not necessary if that brand is not available. For example, someone who received a Pfizer primer and booster may receive Moderna for their third dose.
Patients should talk to their health care provider about their medical condition, and whether getting an additional primary shot is appropriate for them. Review the CDC list of conditions included for the purposes of this recommendation.
For the best experience, we highly encourage patients to schedule through MyChart. If you would like to schedule a vaccine and are unable to access myChart, please call 208-381-9500. Due to current patient volumes, there may be wait times at our clinics if you don’t have a scheduled appointment. While we encourage people to schedule ahead, we will continue to meet the need for walk-ins.
At this time, an additional COVID-19 vaccine dose has not been recommended by the CDC for those who have received non-mRNA vaccines (e.g., Johnson & Johnson).
For the most prompt service, we recommend pre-scheduling your vaccine through myChart or by calling St. Luke's Connect at 208-381-9500. Walk-ins are accepted at most vaccine clinic locations during normal operating hours.
Pregnant women with COVID-19 can have severe illness and severe outcomes, including ICU admission, mechanical ventilation, and death.
That's why St. Luke’s OB/GYN providers recommend the COVID-19 vaccine for people who are pregnant, breastfeeding or trying to get pregnant. More than 139,000 pregnant women have enrolled in the V-Safe Pregnancy Registry. Data shows there is no risk of miscarriage associated with the vaccines.
COVID-19 vaccines do not cause infection; they do prevent severe illness from COVID-19, which is dangerous for a pregnant woman and her fetus. Maternal infection with the virus is associated with an increased risk of preterm delivery and stillbirth. Vaccinated mothers who are breastfeeding transmit antibodies that may help protect their newborns.
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Pfizer has reported that its vaccine is 95% effective in preventing COVID-19 infection, once seven days have passed since the second vaccine dose (booster shot). The Moderna vaccine is reporting a 94.5% effectiveness rate.
The COVID vaccine will help your body generate antibodies to help protect you from the virus without getting sick. Vaccines can produce longer-lasting protection than if you had the disease. Research shows antibodies in recovering adults last up to four months. The CDC says more data is needed to know how long immunity produced by the vaccination will last.
In a Pfizer trial study, the vaccine prevented the disease in 100 percent of the 1,131 adolescents who received it. Pfizer said the vaccine was well tolerated and side effects were consistent with those reported by people 16-25 years old. Our pediatricians and physicians say it is better to get the vaccine than to risk getting the disease, the symptoms and the possible long-term effects.
These are not new technologies. The vaccines are actually set up to give us immunity that is better than natural infection. We know the side effects of the natural infection. When we compare the risks to those at the frontlines that are being exposed to the virus and those in our community who are at high-risk for severe disease and death, those risks greatly overshadow the unknown risks of the vaccine.
No, it is made from a portion of the virus’ molecular material (RNA). For more information on the science behind the vaccine, please visit Centers for Disease Control and Prevention site, Understanding mRNA COVID-19 Vaccines. Also check out, Facts about COVID-19 Vaccines.
Yes, because the vaccine is 95% effective, not 100% effective. Those exposed to the virus later, after the booster vaccine, tended to have mild symptoms if they became ill at all.
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It is important to note that reactions after the vaccine and the actual COVID-19 infection are significantly different. Vaccine reactions may involve some mild symptoms occurring in the first couple of days, coupled with the pain at the injection site, redness and swelling (from the vaccine), as noted above. By contrast, the COVID-19 infection reaction has a respiratory component, cough and nasal congestion, loss of taste or smell, shortness of breath, much more fever, and also a longer period of muscle pain, fatigue and headache.
Infrequently, people who have received dermal fillers may develop swelling at or near the filler injection site, usually face or lips, after receiving a dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna). It appears to be temporary and can resolve with medical treatment, including corticosteroid therapy. People who have received dermal fillers can be vaccinated without additional precautions but should contact their health care provider if they develop swelling afterward.
Health systems will receive reimbursement from insurance plans and the federal government with no cost to patients.
Yes, the CDC has updated their guidance to state that health workers may administer another needed vaccine at the same time as the COVID vaccine. This applies to patients of any age.
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The CDC has published information on What to Expect after Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine and posts updates as more information becomes available.
When you receive a vaccination in one of our clinics, you will have the option to be monitored for about 15 minutes and medical staff will use safety precautions and respond immediately if you have an initial reaction. If you have a delayed reaction, please contact your primary care provider or call 911.
Yes. Experts need to know more about the protection provided by the vaccine, like how long it lasts, before changes are made to public prevention recommendations. To stop the pandemic, everyone should keep wearing masks, washing hands often and social distancing.
Masks are still required at all St. Luke's facilities, regardless of vaccination status.
It is most safe to visit those who are also vaccinated. The COVID-19 vaccines are not 100% effective and some, such as those who are unable to be vaccinated (e.g., young children) and some immunocompromised people who may not have developed robust antibodies to the vaccine, may be less protected and/or not protected.
Getting the COVID-19 vaccine will affect when or if you are eligible to donate blood. View Red Cross guidelines