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COVID-19 Vaccine

Last Updated: Nov. 3, 2021

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The University of Idaho is proud to join the COVID-19 College Vaccine Challenge committing to taking three key actions to help our campus communities get vaccinated: engaging every student, faculty and staff member; organizing our Vandal Family; and making access to vaccines easy. Read below for COVID-19 vaccine facts, frequently asked questions and resources.

COVID-19 vaccines teach your body to develop natural defenses to fight the virus. Getting more than 75% of our community vaccinated is our best chance of stopping the spread of the virus and ending public health policies like social distancing and masking. Get the vaccine to protect yourself, your family, and our community.

For information specific to the vaccines currently in use, visit the FDA website.

Idaho COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs

Most pharmacies throughout Idaho are taking walk-in appointments. Pharmacies such as Walmart, Albertsons, Bi-Mart, Walgreens, Customedica and Fred Meyer have adequate supply of COVID-19 vaccine, so you can walk in and get your shot when it's convenient. To find more information about vaccine locations, the vaccine brands available and walk-in or scheduling details, use the Vaccine Finder.

Additional Resources

The University of Idaho is not distributing vaccines; however, the university supports local providers and regularly hosts clinics on the Moscow campus. Information and registration for these clinics can be found online.

No, the vaccine free of charge to all people living in the United States, regardless of their immigration or health insurance status.

COVID-19 vaccination providers cannot:

  • Charge you for the vaccine
  • Charge you directly for any administration fees, co-pays, or co-insurance
  • Deny vaccination to anyone who does not have health insurance coverage, is underinsured, or is out of network
  • Charge an office visit or other fee to the recipient if the only service provided is a COVID-19 vaccination
  • Require additional services in order for a person to receive a COVID-19 vaccine; however, additional healthcare services can be provided at the same time and billed as appropriate

COVID-19 vaccination providers can seek appropriate reimbursement from the recipient’s health plan or program (e.g., private health insurance, Medicare, Medicaid) for a vaccine administration fee, if they are insured. However, providers cannot charge the vaccine recipient the balance of the bill.

Being vaccinated does not mean you can stop wearing face coverings or following other safety protocols. Face coverings continue to be required in all university buildings and all should continue to follow the Healthy Vandal Pledge.

See the guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for information on how your activities can change after vaccination, outside of the university.

Yes, you should be vaccinated regardless of whether you already had COVID-19. That’s because experts do not yet know how long you are protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19. Getting vaccinated is a safer way to build protection than getting infected.

Currently, in the United States, there are three vaccines authorized and recommended to prevent COVID-19. Public Health Idaho North Central District’s recommendation is to take the first shot that is available to you unless you have reasons to receive one over another.

There is no reason to suspect interference of the vaccines with fertility, conception, maintaining pregnancy or delivery. Pregnant women are at very high risk for severe illness from COVID-19, and the vaccines appear to be safe during pregnancy. Women should discuss the risks and benefits of vaccination with their doctor. Learn more.

There are no known interactions with other medications or drugs. It may not be recommended to get the vaccine the same time you are starting a new medication to be able to identify potential side effects of that medication. Check with your medical provider about specific concerns.

You can get a COVID-19 vaccine and other vaccines, including a flu vaccine, at the same visit. Experience with other vaccines has shown that the way our bodies develop protection, known as an immune response, and possible side effects after getting vaccinated are generally the same when given alone or with other vaccines. Learn more about the timing of other vaccines.

No. People with COVID-19 who have symptoms should wait to be vaccinated until they have recovered from their illness and have met the criteria for discontinuing isolation; those without symptoms should also wait until they meet the criteria before getting vaccinated. This guidance also applies to people who get COVID-19 before getting their second dose of vaccine. If you suspect you had COVID-19 and then got vaccinated, talk to your medical provider for guidance.

Yes. Vaccines are widely available and can be accessed at a variety of locations.

Vaccine experts around the world worked together to develop these vaccines. mRNA vaccines and other coronavirus vaccines have been studied for over 10 years. So, we had a head start. All trials followed the required safety protocols and were approved by the FDA.

The FDA has regulatory processes in place to facilitate the development of COVID-19 vaccines that meet their rigorous scientific standards. Learn more about vaccine safety from the CDC and the FDA.

The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is FDA approved for individuals 16 years of age and older.

Other COVID-19 vaccines all have FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). The FDA may issue an EUA when the agency’s scientific experts have determined that the known and potential benefits of the vaccine outweigh its known and potential risks.

Learn more.

Idaho Statewide COVID-19 Vaccine Access

Below are some options in a variety of areas across the state offering COVID-19 vaccines. At any time, search vaccines.gov/search for a COVID-19 vaccine provider including those on the list below plus many more.

Boise State Vaccination Clinic

boisestate.edu/coronavirus-response/vaccination-clinic/

2100 W University Dr
Campus School Room 106A
Boise, ID 83706

9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday

  • Pfizer
  • Moderna
  • J&J

Other Local Pharmacies

vaccines.gov/search

Primary Health Medical Group

primaryhealth.com/vaccine

512 N 21st Ave
Caldwell, ID 83605

  • Pfizer

Rite Aid

riteaid.com/pharmacy/scheduler

2107 Blaine St
Caldwell, ID 83605

  • Pfizer
  • Moderna
  • J&J

Other Local Pharmacies

vaccines.gov/search

Panhandle Health District

panhandlehealthdistrict.org/covid-19/vaccine/

Office and Off-site Clinics

  • Pfizer
  • Moderna
  • J&J

Rite Aid

riteaid.com/pharmacy/scheduler

208 W Ironwood Dr
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814

  • Pfizer
  • Moderna
  • J&J

Other Local Pharmacies

vaccines.gov/search

Fred Meyer Pharmacy

kroger.com/rx/guest/get-vaccinated

1555 Northgate Mile
Idaho Falls, ID 83401

  • Pfizer
  • Moderna
  • J&J

Other Local Pharmacies

vaccines.gov/search

Family Health Services Kimberly Clinic

208-732-7134

132 Main Street
Kimberly, ID 83341

  • Moderna
  • Pfizer

Other Local Pharmacies

vaccines.gov/search

University of Idaho Vaccine Clinics

uidaho.edu/vandal-health-clinic/coronavirus/vaccine/pre-register

Various dates and times

  • Moderna
  • Pfizer

Other Local Pharmacies

vaccines.gov/search

Albertsons/SAV-ON Pharmacy

albertsons.com/vaccinations/home

20 E Wyoming Ave
Homedale, ID 83628

  • Moderna
  • Pfizer

Other Local Pharmacies

vaccines.gov/search

Salmon Pharmacy

salmonpharmacyidaho.com/covid-vaccine

Limited availability; call 208-742-3784

309 Main Street
Salmon, ID 83467

  • Moderna

Saveway Market

208-756-1940

1200 Shoup St
Salmon, ID 83467

  • Moderna

Walgreens

walgreens.com/findcare/vaccination/covid/19/landing

1732 Washington St N
Twin Falls, ID 83301

  • Pfizer
  • Moderna

Other Local Pharmacies

vaccines.gov/search

Vaccine Question

Still have questions about COVID-19 vaccines? Submit your question and Vandal Health Education and the University of Idaho COVID-19 Advisory Committee will respond with resources or an answer, in addition to posting it to the FAQs, if applicable. As always, consult with your medical provider regarding specific medical concerns.

Vandal Health Clinic

Physical Address:

831 Ash Street
Moscow, ID 83843

Phone: 208-885-6693

Directions to Vandal Health Clinic