Idaho State University is closely collaborating with state and local public health officials to develop a comprehensive vaccine education and distribution program for our communities. There have been many questions about the safety of the COVID-19 vaccine, when our campus community will be eligible to be vaccinated, and how the University will support vaccine distribution across the state. Please note that this email is unable to fully answer all of those questions, and more information will be shared with the campus community in the near future.
The University is collaborating with Southeastern Idaho Public Health and Portneuf Medical Center to provide a mass vaccination clinic on the Pocatello campus. The site will follow the State of Idaho’s staged vaccine distribution timeline. Southeastern Idaho Public Health will announce specific details about the mass vaccination site next week.
All students, faculty, and staff will have an opportunity to receive a COVID-19 vaccine according to the distribution timeline, which takes into account vaccine supply and availability. The University has made the decision to not require vaccinations at this time, however vaccines are strongly encouraged to maintain and ensure the health and safety of the entire Bengal community. As part of developing our plan for providing vaccines to members of the campus community, University leadership met with the Faculty Senate, Associated Students of ISU, and Staff Council for input and feedback.