BOISE, Idaho — The Idaho Dept. of Health and Welfare (IDHW) is set to hold its weekly meeting to discuss the COVID-19 situation in the state at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday. The meeting will be live-streamed on KTVB.COM and the KTVB YouTube channel.
IDHW Director Dave Jeppesen, Public Health Administrator Elke Shaw-Tulloch, Idaho Bureau of Laboratories Chief Dr. Christopher Ball, Idaho State Epidemiologist Dr. Christine Hahn, Deputy State Epidemiologist Dr. Kathryn Turner, and Idaho Immunization Program manager Sarah Leeds will be present and will offer remarks during the meeting.
During the April 13 meeting, IDHW discussed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recommendation to pause distribution of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) COVID-19 vaccine following reports of blood clots in six women who received the shot.
The department sent a notice of the pause to vaccine providers and Idaho Gov. Brad Little early Tuesday morning, according to Hahn.
While the Janssen vaccine is on hold for now, Hahn announced that Pfizer applied for emergency use authorization for children aged 12-15. Pfizer is currently the only vaccine approved for people aged 16-17, and they plan to begin vaccinating the 12-15 age group before the new school year begins.
The IDHW meeting will be live-streamed on KTVB.COM and the KTVB YouTube channel. To watch the briefing live, click below: