Supply Catching Up With Demand For Idaho Covid Vaccinations

Apr 20, 2021

Demand for Covid vaccines is going down in some parts of Idaho.
Credit Courtesy of State of Idaho

Idaho public health officials say they’re nearing the point where the supply of Covid vaccine will be greater than the demand.

“We are concerned that we are already seeing a sharp drop off in vaccine uptake," said Idaho state epidemiologist Christine Hahn.

"Some of that is certainly due to the fact that some people were scheduled to get Johnson and Johnson vaccine last week. They would not have received that vaccine. But some of this might be a general vaccine hesitancy because people just now not being sure about any of the vaccines," she said.

Hahn says the state is working to convince people that all of the vaccines are safe. She says providers are also working to reschedule those who were scheduled for Johnson and Johnson to one of the other vaccines.

Hahn says Idaho officials hope to learn on Friday whether the federal government will go back to recommending the use of Johnson and Johnson, at least for some people.

Meanwhile, state officials say some local providers are now hesitant to take new vaccine doses since the demand for shots has slowed.