It’s a massive undertaking, but the staff at the Bonners Ferry Medicine Man Pharmacy in Super 1 Foods are now scheduling appointments to administer the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine beginning Monday, February 1, to Boundary County residents in Idaho Phases 1a and 1b.
Boundary County expects to receive five-percent of the state’s vaccine supply each week, approximately 140 doses, and Medicine Man Pharmacy will be sharing with a few other places that will be administering the vaccine, which are free and available on a first-come, first-served basis.
But please don’t call or go in to set an appointment.
“We have been slammed trying to handle inquiries and keep up with our normal workload,” pharmacist and co-owner Aimee Stuermer said. “If you don’t have a computer of your own, please do your best to find one. The library, a friend … you’ll save both your time and ours.”
Under Idaho’s COVID-19 vaccination plan, there are four phases for the rollout, based on both potential for exposure and risk.
Phase 1a, currently underway, includes hospital staff providing essential care for COVID patients, long-term care facility staff and residents, clinic and medical staff unable to telework, EMS personnel, dentists, dental hygienists and dental assistants, pharmacists, pharmacy tech and pharmacy aides, coroners, first responders and school nurses.
Phase 1b, which begins February 1, includes elementary through high school staff, childcare workers, detention facility personnel, adults aged 65 and older, food and agricultural workers, U.S. Postal Service workers, public transit personnel and grocery store workers.
Those in either phase can now set vaccine appointments at Medicine Man Pharmacy.
Those in Phase 1C, which includes those aged 16 to 64 with high-risk medical conditions that increase COVID risk, and essential workers not included in Phase 1b, are expected to begin receiving vaccinations in April and those in the general population aged 16 and older are expected to begin vaccination in May.
To make an appoint for a COVID-19 vaccination at Medicine Man Pharmacy, visit medmanbf.com and click the “Schedule Your 1st Dose” button. If you get an error message at the conclusion, it is likely that you and someone else tried to book simultaneously … please don’t give up, but start over, Aimee said.