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We accept walk-ins at most designated COVID-19 sites during vaccination days and hours. You may still schedule your vaccination or walk up to our mobile vaccination clinic which is open to everyone! Note: we require masks in all St. Luke's facilities, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status. This helps us provide safe care in a safe environment for all patients. Access more info on COVID testing, vaccination, visitor policy, safety practices, hospitalization data, and FAQs.

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COVID Vaccine News and Information (updated 6/14/21)

We now accept walk-ins at most of our designated COVID-19 vaccine sites. Scheduling an appointment through myChart or by calling 208-381-9500 is still an option.

COVID-19 vaccination days and hours vary by site and can change. Walk-ins are only accepted on designated vaccine days and times. Call 208-381-9500 for details.

Regarding vaccine brand:

  • The Pfizer vaccine is offered by our mobile vaccination unit and our sites in Boise, Hailey, McCall, Meridian, Mountain Home, Nampa and Twin Falls.
  • Moderna is offered in Boise, Fruitland, McCall, and Mountain Home.
  • The J&J vaccine is offered by our mobile vaccination unit. 
  • Find locations and vaccine details below under “FAQs: Getting the Vaccine, Where will vaccinations be given?”
Today, all people 12+ can receive a vaccine regardless of whether or not they live and/or work in Idaho. Parents can schedule appointments for teens and preteens or just walk-in with their child at one of St. Luke’s dedicated Pfizer vaccine clinic sites. 

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.




Vaccinations for Children Ages 12-15

Children 12 through 15 years old can now be vaccinated with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at any of our designated Pfizer sites in Boise, Hailey, McCall, Meridian, Mountain Home, Nampa and Twin Falls, and at our mobile vaccine unit (see the schedule below).

Find information about vaccinations for 12- through 15-year-olds under FAQs: Vaccine Basics and FAQs: Getting the Vaccine, "Where will vaccinations be given?"

Parental consent is required. A parent or legal guardian should accompany minors to provide consent at the time of the appointment; written or verbal consent by phone may be accepted if a parent or legal guardian is not present.  

St. Luke's COVID-19 Vaccine Mobile Unit

St. Luke’s is offering a COVID-19 vaccine mobile unit option that allows us to bring our vaccination teams on-site to various locations across our footprint and fulfills our commitment to easy and equitable access to the vaccines, with an added focus on serving underserved populations including people of color, indigenous communities, and other populations who may have access challenges.

Companies and organizations will provide the space and help with scheduling, and our clinical team will do the rest. If your company or organization is interested in hosting the mobile unit, please fill out our Community Partner Mobile COVID-19 Vaccine Interest Form, and we will reach out to you. Depending on schedules and locations, we may not be able to accommodate all requests.

This service will be free to both the organizations who are hosting, as well as to the patients we are vaccinating. 

Limited mobility? Even if you have limited mobility, you can be vaccinated at the mobile unit. Please stay in your vehicle and call 208-513-3413 when you arrive at the vaccination location, and we will come to you.

Vaccine Mobile Unit Schedule

Patients will be served on a walk-in, first-come, first-served basis. A slash (/) denotes closed for lunch break.

Initial Doses

  • June 15, Boise: West Junior High, 8371 W. Salt Creek St., Boise, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • June 15, Boise: South Junior High, 3101 W. Cassia St., Boise, from 3 to 6 p.m.
  • June 17, Boise: North Junior High, 1105 N. 13th St., Boise, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • June 17, Boise: Hillside Junior High, 3536 W. Hill Road, Boise, from 3 to 6 p.m. 
  • June 18, Boise: Fairmont Junior High, 2121 N. Cole Road, Boise, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • June 18, Boise: Riverglen Junior High, 6801 N. Gary Lane, Boise, from 3 to 6 p.m.
  • June 19, Meridian: RC Willey, 3301 E. Lanark St., Meridian, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 3 to 7 p.m.
  • June 21, Boise: Les Bois Junior High, 4150 E. Grand Forest Dr., Boise, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • June 21, Boise: East Junior High, 5600 E. Warm Springs Ave., Boise, from 3 to 6 p.m.
  • June 22, McCall: Downtown, adjacent to Hotel McCall, 1117 E. Lake St. from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 4 p.m.
  • June 23, Riggins: St. Luke’s Clinic – Salmon River Family Medicine, 214 N. Main St. from 8 a.m. to noon
  • June 23, New Meadows: St. Luke’s Clinic – Meadows Valley Family Medicine, 320 Virginia St. from 2:30 to 6 p.m.
  • June 24, McCall: Market Place at McCall, west side of the parking lot off Third Street, 411 Deinhard Lane, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 4 p.m.
  • June 25, Boise: Dick Eardley Senior Center, 690 Robbins Road from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • June 28, Boise: Congregation Ahavath Beth Israel, 11 N. Latah St. from 4 to 8 p.m.
  • June 29, Meridian: Meridian Library District, 1326 W. Cherry Lane, Meridian, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. / 3 to 6 p.m.
  • June 30, Murtaugh: 501 Boyd St. W. from 4 to 8 p.m.
  • July 2, Pocatello: Gate City Food Pantry, 202 W. Siphon Road, from 3 to 6 p.m.
  • July 17, Meridian: Meridian Library District, 1326 W. Cherry Lane, Meridian, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. / 3 to 6 p.m.
  • July 26, Boise: Cathedral of the Rockies, Amity Campus, 4464 S. Maple Grove Road, Boise from 4 to 8 p.m.

Boosters

  • June 16, Boise: Western Trailer, 6678 Supply Way, 1:30 to 5:30 p.m.
  • July 6, Boise: West Junior High, 8371 W. Salt Creek St., Boise, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
  • July 6, Boise: South Junior High, 3101 W. Cassia St., Boise, from 3 to 6 p.m.
  • July 8, Boise: North Junior High, 1105 N. 13th St., Boise, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • July 8, Boise: Hillside Junior High, 3536 W. Hill Road, Boise, from 3 to 6 p.m. 
  • July 9, Boise: Fairmont Junior High, 2121 N. Cole Road, Boise, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • July 9, Boise: Riverglen Junior High, 6801 N. Gary Lane, Boise, from 3 to 6 p.m.
  • July 10, Meridian: RC Willey, 3301 E. Lanark St., Meridian, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 3 to 7 p.m.
  • July 12, Boise: Les Bois Junior High, 4150 E. Grand Forest Dr., Boise, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • July 12, Boise: East Junior High, 5600 E. Warm Springs Ave., Boise, from 3 to 6 p.m.
  • July 13, McCall: Downtown, adjacent to Hotel McCall, 1117 E. Lake St. from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 4 p.m.
  • July 14, Riggins: St. Luke’s Clinic – Salmon River Family Medicine, 214 N. Main St. from 8 a.m. to noon
  • July 14, New Meadows: St. Luke’s Clinic – Meadows Valley Family Medicine, 320 Virginia St. from 2:30 to 6 p.m.
  • July 15, McCall: Market Place at McCall, west side of the parking lot off Third Street, 411 Deinhard Lane, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 4 p.m.
  • July 16, Boise: Dick Eardley Senior Center, 690 Robbins Road from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • July 17, Meridian: Meridian Library District, 1326 W. Cherry Lane, Meridian, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. / 3 to 6 p.m.
  • July 19, Boise: Congregation Ahavath Beth Israel, 11 N. Latah St. from 4 to 8 p.m.
  • July 20, Meridian: Meridian Library District, 1326 W. Cherry Lane, Meridian, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. / 3 to 6 p.m.
  • July 21, Murtaugh: 501 Boyd St. W. from 4 to 8 p.m.
  • July 23, Pocatello: Gate City Food Pantry, 202 W. Siphon Road, from 3 to 6 p.m.
  • July 28, Boise: Boise Public Library at Hillcrest, 5246 W. Overland Road, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. / 1:30 to 6 p.m.
  • Aug. 7, Meridian: Meridian Library District, 1326 W. Cherry Lane, Meridian, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. / 3 to 6 p.m.
  • Aug. 16, Boise: Cathedral of the Rockies, Amity Campus, 4464 S. Maple Grove Road, Boise from 4 to 8 p.m.

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FAQs: Vaccine Basics

Click each question below for its answer:

How effective are the COVID-19 vaccines?

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.

How effective and safe is Pfizer for children ages 12 through 15?

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.

What is in the COVID-19 vaccines?

Please review the fact sheets for each vaccine, as developed by the manufacturers: 

Since the COVID-19 vaccine was rolled out fast, how do we know it is safe?

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.

Is the COVID-19 vaccine a live virus?

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.

Does the vaccine prevent you from getting COVID-19 or just reduce symptoms?
Both. More than 90% of the people in the phase 3 trials did not get COVID-19. Of those who did get it, only one person in the Pfizer study has a severe case, the rest of the participants in Pfizer had minor symptoms.
Can someone who is vaccinated still get COVID-19?

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.

What percentage of the community needs to be vaccinated to reach herd immunity? Can it happen naturally?
According to the CDC, experts do not know what percentage of people would need to get vaccinated to achieve herd immunity to COVID-19.

The American Lung Association’s blog says, “In most cases, herd immunity is not achieved without an effective vaccine. For COVID-19, the percentage of the population that needs to be infected to achieve herd immunity is estimated to be between 70% and 90%, and this is assuming lasting immunity is possible.”

Herd immunity could happen naturally but would take years. Also, we know acquiring immunity through natural disease is risky to that person and comes with a high cost of hospitalizations, long-term health problems and even more deaths.
How do I decide if getting vaccinated is right for me?
Weigh the risk of contracting or spreading this potentially life-threatening disease to those who are vulnerable against the risks, side effects, safety and effectiveness of the vaccines offered.

Older age and underlying medical conditions including obesity, a compromised immune system, hypertension, COPD, diabetes, and heart disease increase the risk of severe illness from the virus and should be considered as well. You may wish to discuss with your primary care provider.
How can I learn more about how the COVID-19 vaccine has been developed, tested and approved?
Watch this brief video from the United States Department of Health and Human Services.
Where can I get more information about COVID-19 vaccines?

Idaho Resources

National Resources

FAQs: Getting the Vaccine

Click each question below for its answer:

When will COVID-19 vaccine be available?
St. Luke’s has been administering vaccine since Dec. 18, 2020. Pfizer, Moderna and Janssen vaccines are now available in Idaho.
How do I schedule in myChart or set up a myChart account?
If you don’t have a myChart account, you can create one online or by calling 208-381-9000. If you are unable to use technology or need interpretation services, please call 208-381-9500. You may also set up online myChart proxy access for family members or dependents and fill out a questionnaire for them.

If you are an adult 18+, you can schedule by following these steps:

  1. Log into St. Luke’s myChart. (If you don’t have an account, you can create one online or by calling 208-381-9000.)
  2. Click on Schedule COVID Vaccine Appointment.
  3. Answer a few quick questions and then schedule your vaccine appointment.
You can also call 208-381-9500 to schedule an appointment. If there are no available appointments, you have the option of checking back or filling out a vaccine questionnaire to be contacted when appointments are available.
How can people ages 16-17 get the vaccine?
For minors 16-17 years old:

  • Minors cannot consent for a COVID vaccine. They must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to provide consent at the time of the appointment. Written or verbal consent will need to be provided by a parent or legal guardian, if not present at the time of the appointment.  
  • Teens 16-17 years old can only receive the Pfizer vaccine, which is available at St. Luke’s sites in Boise, Hailey, McCall, Meridian, Nampa and Twin Falls.
  • Minors cannot schedule their own appointments in myChart. Parents or legal guardians with teen proxy access can schedule for the minor. To get teen proxy access, the teen will need to grant teen proxy access to their parent or legal guardian through their own MyChart account.
  • Parents can schedule without proxy access by calling 208-381-9500.
  • Minors can schedule their own vaccine appointment by calling 208-381-9500, however, they must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to provide consent at the time of the appointment, or provide written or verbal consent of a parent or legal guardian, if not present at the time of the appointment. 

How to Schedule

  1. Log into St. Luke’s myChart. (If a minor doesn’t have an account, they will need to get an activation code online or by calling 208-381-9000.)
  2. Click on Schedule COVID Vaccine Appointment.
  3. Answer a few quick questions and then schedule your vaccine appointment.
  4. Or call 208-381-9500.
How can children ages 12-15 get vaccinated?
  • Minors cannot consent for a COVID vaccine. A parent or legal guardian should accompany minors to provide consent at the time of the appointment. Written or verbal consent by phone may be accepted if a parent or legal guardian is not present.  
  • Children 12-15 years old can only receive the Pfizer vaccine, which is available at St. Luke’s sites in Boise, Hailey, McCall, Meridian, Nampa and Twin Falls.
  • Minors cannot schedule their own appointments in myChart. Parents or legal guardians with teen proxy access can schedule for the minor. To get teen proxy access, the teen will need to grant teen proxy access to their parent or legal guardian through their own MyChart account.
  • Parents and children can walk in or a parent can schedule by calling 208-381-9500. Note: we are not able to accommodate walk-ins in Hailey.
  • Patients should wear loose-fitting clothing to allow access to the upper arm.
  • Parents should be aware that we will not give the vaccine to children who don’t want it.
Can I choose which vaccine I receive?
St. Luke’s assigns specific vaccines to different sites in order to keep you safe and ensure you get the same vaccine if two doses are required. We do not have the ability at this time to let you choose which vaccine you get. You will be notified before you get vaccinated which one you are receiving.
Where will vaccinations be given?
Community COVID-19 Vaccination Sites and Vaccines

COVID-19 vaccination days and hours vary by site and can change. Walk-ins are only accepted on designated vaccine days. (Note: Our clinics in Wood River are unable to accommodate walk-ins.) Please call St. Luke’s Connect at 208-381-9500 for the days and times for specific sites.


Boise: St. Luke’s Clinic – Internal Medicine
  • Address: Park Place, 1000 E. Park Blvd.
  • Vaccine: Pfizer

Boise: 
St. Luke’s Clinic – Family Medicine
  • Address: 701 E. Parkcenter Blvd.
  • Vaccine: Moderna

Boise: St. Luke's Plaza (Plaza 4)
  • Address: 800 E. Park Blvd.
  • Vaccine: Pfizer on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Fruitland: St. Luke's Clinic – Family Medicine
  • Address: 1210 NW 16th St.
  • Vaccine: Moderna

Hailey: St. Luke's Clinic – Family Medicine (please schedule an appointment; this clinic is unable to accommodate walk-ins)
  • Address: 1450 Aviation Drive
  • Vaccine: Pfizer

McCall: St. Luke’s Clinic – Payette Lakes Family Medicine
  • Address: 211 Forest St.
  • Vaccine: Pfizer

Meridian: St. Luke’s Clinic – Travel Medicine & Immunizations
  • Address: St. Luke’s Medical Center Office Building, 520 S. Eagle Road, Suite 1221, first floor
  • Vaccine: Pfizer

Mountain Home: Elmore Quick Care
  • Address: St. Luke’s Clinic-Elmore Specialties, 840 N. 4th East
  • Vaccine: Pfizer

Nampa: St. Luke’s Clinic – Family Medicine
  • Address: 9850 W. St. Luke’s St., Suite 290, North Entrance of St. Luke’s Nampa
  • Vaccine: Pfizer

Twin Falls: St. Luke's Surgery Center
  • Address: 575 Pole Line Road W. 
  • Vaccine: Pfizer


Mobile Vaccination Unit

  • Vaccine: Pfizer and J&J
Can I bring someone with me to my vaccine appointment?

Please review our visitor policy.

If supplies are limited, when will there be enough vaccine for everyone?
The CDC said supplies will increase over time as manufacturing ramps up. There should be enough vaccine for all adults to get vaccinated by the end of 2021.
How many doses will I need?

Pfizer and Moderna both require two doses. Pfizer is given 21 days apart, and Moderna, 28 days apart. You will need to have both shots of the same vaccine, without mixing vaccine types. The first shot (primer) and the second shot (booster) are the same.

Janssen’s (Johnson & Johnson) is one dose.

What are the side effects for the vaccines?
Pfizer and Moderna: The most common side effect is injection site pain. Other side effects of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines include fatigue, headache, muscle pain and chills, and generally last two days before subsiding. These side effects indicate that the vaccine is doing its job, mimicking an infection in the body without causing a COVID-19 infection. Severe adverse reactions such as allergic reactions and Bell’s Palsy are much less common, but if they occur, need to be reported to your health care provider. None of these side effects are contagious.

Johnson & Johnson: Pain at the injection site is most common. Other common reactions included headache, fatigue and myalgia. Most symptoms resolved in one to two days.

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.

Should I get the vaccine if I had a prior COVID positive test result?
The recommendation is to go ahead and get the vaccine. The Pfizer data included individuals that had recently had a positive test and also got the vaccine. There's a lot of theoretical and other evidence that suggests that the immunity from the vaccine may actually be a longer, more protective immunity than the variable immunity you can get after a natural infection. However, we do not want people who are actively sick getting the vaccine. But any recovered individual, whether it was a documented COVID or suspected COVID, should get the vaccine. If there are any questions, discuss them with a health care provider.
Can pregnant or lactating women get the vaccine?
St. Luke’s would follow the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommendation, which recommends that it may be helpful for the pregnant patient to have a conversation with their OB or their family medical doctor. We will give a pregnant or lactating woman the vaccine if she chooses to get it, whether or not she has spoken with her OB or provider.
How much will it cost to be vaccinated?
The vaccine will be administered at no cost to the patient.

Although the vaccine itself is free, the federal government has created a way for health systems to charge and bill for the administration of the drugs.

Health systems will receive reimbursement from insurance plans and the federal government with no cost to patients.

What if I forget to bring my CDC vaccine card to my booster appointment?
If you forget to bring your CDC vaccine card to your booster appointment, an additional card will not be issued. You may access your medical records online through myChart for proof of vaccine or return to the administering clinic at a later date with your original card to have it filled out.
Can I get a COVID-19 vaccination and other vaccines at the same time?

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.

Should I postpone a COVID-19 vaccination if I have an upcoming procedure?
While you do need to avoid other vaccines for 14 days before and after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, you do not need to avoid procedures. When considering timing of vaccination, keep in mind that the goal is to get the booster as close to three weeks (Pfizer) or four weeks (Moderna) as possible. If you will be unable to get to the facility for the initial vaccine or booster appointment times, you should alter your procedure based on your initial vaccine date to ensure you can. Also, since there is a chance of not feeling well for up to three days after your vaccine or booster vaccine, please do not plan on a procedure during those few days.
Does COVID-19 vaccination affect TB testing?
If baseline TB screening is required, it can be done before the person receives the vaccine. The IGRA can be drawn any time prior to the COVID Vaccine or the TST can be placed and read (up to 72 hours after placement) before receiving the COVID Vaccine.

If the person has recently received the COVID-19 vaccine, the current CDC recommendations state the need to defer TST (TB skin test) or IGRA (TB blood test) until four weeks after completion of the second dose of COVID-19 vaccine. If the person is in that COVID-19 vaccine window, we recommend a healthcare screening to ensure that an individual does not have any symptoms of active (contagious) tuberculosis disease. This screening is provided by the Occupational Health clinics.

This health care screening does not rule out latent tuberculosis, which is when the disease is only in a dormant state and cannot be spread to others.  However, with this preliminary clearance, testing for latent TB can be deferred until the four-week post-COVID-19 booster waiting period has ended.  Once that person is past their COVID-19 vaccine window, they should proceed with the IGRA or TST, screening for latent TB.

FAQs: After Vaccination

Click each question below for its answer:

What should I expect after getting the COVID vaccine?

The CDC has published information on What to Expect after Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine and posts updates as more information becomes available.

How long will the vaccine be effective?
Experts need to understand more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide and how long it lasts. Participants in the phase 3 clinical trials will be studied for the next two years to find these answers.
What should I do if I have a reaction to the vaccine?

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.

Do I need to wear mask after I've been vaccinated?

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. 

Is it safe to visit at-risk loved ones after I've been vaccinated?
No. The vaccine is not 100% effective and your loved one and others will not likely have been immunized.

Once there is herd immunity after most Americans are immunized, we should be able to move closer to a back-to-normal state.
Can I donate blood and/or convalescent plasma after I receive the vaccine?

Getting the COVID-19 vaccine will affect when or if you are eligible to donate blood. View Red Cross guidelines