Panhandle Health to host COVID vaccine clinics for dental staffs

Beginning Wednesday, January 6, Panhandle Health District (PHD) will be hosting COVID-19 vaccination clinics to assist in vaccinating dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants and other frontline healthcare workers who have direct contact with COVID positive patients. This is in line with the Idaho COVID-19 Vaccine Advisory Committee’s (CVAC) Phase 1a timeframe.

“We are excited to provide this service to this important group of healthcare providers that work in very close contact with the public every day,” said Don Duffy, Health Services Administrator for PHD. “Our community is making good progress working through the Phase 1a group. The vaccine has been offered to hospital staff, home healthcare workers, outpatient clinics, long-term care facility residents and staff, and we recently deployed teams with the help of our Medical Reserve Corps and National Guard to vaccinate emergency medical services teams in all 5 of the counties we serve.”

The vaccine clinics will be held in Hayden, Sandpoint, and Kellogg. The health district is reaching out to dental offices and assistants and other frontline healthcare workers who have direct contact with COVID positive patients to provide further information on the clinics. If your dental office has not heard from PHD, please contact us at phd1-vaccination-planning@phd1.idaho.gov.

PHD will be allocating 4,400 doses of vaccine for their clinics this week.

The federal government has set up a pharmacy partnership program that is deploying strike teams to ensure long-term care facility residents and staff are vaccinated. The vaccine allocation to the pharmacy partnership program is not included in the above numbers.

Panhandle Health District will continue to communicate with the community as greater supply of the vaccine becomes available. If you are a part of the first priority groups, the health district and community partners enrolled to administer the vaccine will coordinate with your employer as vaccine is made available.

Once there is enough supply, COVID-19 vaccination providers may choose to make their location visible on VaccineFinder, making it easier for the general public to find provider locations that have COVID-19 vaccine available.

CDC will direct the public to use VaccineFinder to find locations offering COVID-19 vaccine. Panhandle Health District will continue to communicate with the community as greater supply of the vaccine becomes available. If you are a part of the priority groups listed above, the health district and community partners enrolled to administer the vaccine will coordinate with your employer as vaccine is made available.

If you are a healthcare provider and fit within the priority group in Phase 1 and you would like to provide vaccine through your facility, please contact the Idaho Immunization Program for enrollment information.

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