To be blunt, trying to make an appointment has been a HEADACHE for eligible Idahoans ever since vaccines first became available and to be fair, the state has never had to manage mass vaccinations so there was obviously no system set in place until now.  Health officials in Idaho have announced a new statewide system that will allow residents to make pre-reservations to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

This online reservation tool comes just in time as Subgroup 2.3 becomes eligible to receive the vaccine on March 6th in Ada, Boise, Elmore and Valley County. This subgroup includes frontline workers such as food and agricultural workers, food processing workers, grocery/convenience store workers, ,manufacturing workers, Public transit workers, U.S. Postal Services workers, flight crews, and subset of essential gas, electric, water, and telecommunications utility workers, who work indoors. Idahoans 65 and older and who have not yet received the vaccine are encouraged to use the system as well.

Even if you are not a part of the current eligible population, you can still add your name to the waiting list and will be contacted when appointments become available and you are officially eligible. This way you can sign up now and forget about it until it's time to receive your vaccine!

The new system is designed to ultimately improve communication between patients and the vaccine provides. All of a patients information will now be in one place making it easier for providers to reach out to eligible patients when appointments are available. According to Gov. Brad Little himself, this tool "is user-friendly, easy to understand, and it was built from the ground up with Idahoans in mind."

LOOK: Answers to 30 common COVID-19 vaccine questions

While much is still unknown about the coronavirus and the future, what is known is that the currently available vaccines have gone through all three trial phases and are safe and effective. It will be necessary for as many Americans as possible to be vaccinated in order to finally return to some level of pre-pandemic normalcy, and hopefully these 30 answers provided here will help readers get vaccinated as soon they are able.

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