COVID-19 Vaccination Information


Valor Health continues to assess COVID-19 and its effect on our community and organization. In response to the need for consistent practices and clear communication, we have established a plan to determine which infection prevention precautions will remain in place or will be temporarily lifted to best serve our staff, patients, and other guests on our campus while remaining compliant with the CMS Conditions of Participation.

Each week we will identify the Risk Category Color- GREEN, GRAY, YELLOW, or RED- that will easily communicate the precautions currently in place for our patients, visitors, and staff.

Precautions at Valor will always be more stringent than in the general public. We have a sacred responsibility to care for the most vulnerable people in our community—our top priority is to protect our patients and our staff. Also, we must comply with very strict regulations to maintain our health system licensure and continue to provide services to the people of Gem County.

Updates will occur each Monday and will be communicated on our website and social media, together with signage on our campus. Visit UPDATES for weekly risk identification.

Interested in receiving the COVID-19 Vaccine?

The COVID-19 Vaccines are available at Valor Health Family Medicine by appointment Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm. To schedule an appointment please call (208) 365-6004.


FDA Takes Multiple Actions to Expand Use of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine- 1/3/2022

  • Expand the use of a single booster dose to include use in individuals 12 through 15 years of age.
  • Shorten the time between the completion of primary vaccination of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine and a booster dose to at least five months.
  • Allow for a third primary series dose for certain immunocompromised children 5 through 11 years of age.

For full information-

COVID-19 Vaccine Available for Age 5 Years and Older

What You Need to Know- 12/1/2021

The CDC has announced that:

For full information, visit

COVID-19 vaccines are effective at helping protect against severe disease and death, including from variants of the virus that causes COVID-19 currently circulating (e.g., Delta variant). Learn more here!

V-safe After Vaccination Health Checker by CDC

After vaccination, you may use your smartphone app V-safe to tell CDC about any side effects after getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

Information and Past Updates:

Booster Shots are Available for Eligible IndividualsUpdate 10/21/2021

COVID-19 Vaccine Available for Age 12 Years and Older- Update 6/1/2021

Valor Health is now offering the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to patients, 12 years and older. To learn more about vaccinations for children and teens, visit COVID-19 Vaccines for Children and Teens | CDC

The CDC recommends everyone 12 years and older should get a COVID-19 vaccination to help protect against COVID-19. Widespread vaccination is a critical tool to help stop the pandemic. People who are fully vaccinated can resume activities that they did prior to the pandemic.  Children 12 years and older are able to get the Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 Vaccine.

COVID-19 vaccine appointments are available Monday and Friday at Valor Health Family Medicine. To schedule an appointment, call 208 365 6004. If you are feeling unwell or have any COVID-19 symptoms, testing is still available by walk-in, Monday-Saturday, 8am-8pm at Valor Health Urgent Care located at 1102 E Locust Street.

CDC New Guidance for Fully Vaccinated People- Update 5/17/2021

Late last week, the CDC issued an updated guidance on masking for individuals who are fully vaccinated. Within their recommendation, people who are fully vaccinated can resume activities that they did prior to the pandemic. For full details, visit

Also within this guidance, the CDC states that this does not apply within healthcare settings. With this consideration, Valor Health will not be changing our current masking and distancing policies at this time.  Valor Health will continue to limit and screen visitors, as well as require masks and physical distancing for all individuals, when inside our hospital and clinics.

Valor Health Patient and Visitor Policy

We will continue to review our policies as we navigate the pandemic. We encourage everyone to receive their COVID-19 vaccine. If you are interested, visit or call (208)365-6004  to schedule your vaccine appointment.

Interested in Receiving your COVID-19 Vaccine?- Update 5/5/2021

Patients interested in receiving the COVID-19 Vaccine should call Valor Health Family Medicine Clinic at (208) 365-6004 to schedule their vaccine appointment.

As of 5/7/2021, Valor Health will offer COVID-19 vaccinations within our family medicine clinic.

Valor Health Family Medicine is located at 1102 E Locust Street, Emmett, Idaho 83617. Vaccine appointments will be available Mondays and Fridays. Please call (208) 365-6004 to schedule.

Since December, Valor Health has offered mass drive-thru vaccine events to the community and has provided over 3,400 vaccines to-date. Over the past month, we have seen a decrease in appointments scheduled and have decided to move away from drive-thru events for first-dose vaccines. We will hold two additional second-dose drive-thru events scheduled in May. If you are awaiting your second dose, please check your email.  

Dates are: May 14th (Moderna second-dose), and May 22nd (Pfizer second-dose)

CDC Fully Vaccinated Guidance- Update 5/1/2021

COVID-19 vaccines are effective at protecting you from getting sick. Based on information from the CDC about COVID-19 vaccines, people who have been fully vaccinated can start to do some things that they had stopped doing because of the pandemic. Wonder what you should and shouldn’t do now that you have your vaccine? This easy chart will help.

Johnson and Johnson Vaccine- Update 5/1/2021

As of April 23, 2021, the CDC and FDA recommended the use of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen (J&J/Janssen) COVID-19 Vaccine resume in the United States, effective April 23, 2021. Valor Health has provided limited amounts of this vaccine to date and will utilize the remainder of the Janssen vaccine for specified patients and programs. For additional information in regard to the recommendation from the CDC, visit

Johnson and Johnson Vaccine- Update 4/14/2021

On April 13, 2021, CDC and FDA recommended a pause in the use of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine. For full details visit To date, Valor has provided limited amounts of this specific vaccine and will continue to follow CDC and FDA recommendations for vaccine distribution. If you have received a Johnson and Johnson vaccine and have concerns or questions, please contact your primary care provider. We will share more information as it is made available.

Anyone 16 years or older who lives or works in Idaho is eligible for the vaccine- Update 4/5/2021

For full details about the COVID vaccine, what to expect at your appointment, and more visit

To schedule your appointment at Valor visit

Increased Access to COVID-19 Vaccine- Update 3/22/2021

Valor Health is offering OPEN scheduling for eligible persons seeking the COVID-19 first-dose vaccine. The event will be held on April 2nd and will be a drive-thru clinic hosted on the Valor Health Campus.

Eligible persons include:

  • Ages 55- Older
  • Healthcare workers
  • Long-term care facility staff and residents
  • First responders
  • K-12 teachers and school staff
  • Frontline essential workers

Those interested need to sign up at Search by clinic name (Valor Health) or by Zip Code.

In addition to this open schedule clinic, we will continue the use of the Idaho State Waitlist and will be contacting eligible persons via email to also schedule for this event. If you are not eligible, you can still sign up on the waitlist and will be contacted once vaccines are open to your specific group.

Eligibility Opens Up for COVID-19 Vaccine- Update 3/18/2021

As of March 15th, Idahoans age 55-64 with one medical condition are eligible to receive their COVID-19 vaccine. On March 22, the vaccine will open up to all 55-64.

Currently, the vaccine is now eligible for these groups:

  • Ages 55-64, with at least one medical condition*
  • Ages 65 and Older
  • Healthcare workers
  • Long-term care facility staff and residents
  • First responders
  • K-12 teachers and school staff
  • Frontline essential workers

You may sign up on the Idaho State Waitlist at and when a vaccine is available to you, a healthcare provider will contact you for scheduling. You must have a valid email address in order to register and receive your vaccine appointment through Valor Health.

Idaho’s COVID-19 Vaccine Pre-Registration System- Update 3/11/2021

Valor will begin utilizing the State of Idaho Vaccine Pre-Registration Waitlist and will discontinue the use of the Gem County Waitlist. The transition will be simple for those interested in receiving a COVID-19 vaccine.

Registration is easy! By answering a few questions, your information will be added to the COVID-19 vaccine waitlist. The waitlist will allow us to contact you when you are eligible and there is a vaccine available to you. No need to call your doctor to get on a list or sign up on multiple lists trying to get your vaccine.

If you have previously signed up on the Gem County Waitlist, you will not lose your spot. Eligible individuals will be contacted when a vaccine is available and do not need to sign up on the new Idaho State Pre-Registration Waitlist.

For more information about the Idaho COVID-19 Vaccine Pre-Registration system, sign-up instructions, eligibility, or what to expect at your appointment, visit

COVID VACCINE Priority Groups and Eligibility- Update 03/10/2021

Valor Health has received approval from Southwest District Health to administer vaccinations to individuals in priority group 2.3. In addition, beginning March 15th, Idahoans age 56-64 with at least one medical condition will be eligible to receive the vaccination.

VACCINE SCHEDULE from the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare

Vaccine now available for

  • Ages 65 and Older
  • Healthcare workers
  • Long-term care facility staff and residents
  • First responders
  • K-12 teachers and school staff
  • Frontline essential workers

UPCOMING- March Eligibility

  • Age 55-64 with at least one medical condition – Open March 15th
  • Age 55-64 general population – Open March 22nd
  • Age 45-54 with at least one medical condition – Open March 29th
  • Age 45-54 general population – Open April 5th

Medical conditions are defined as “are at increased risk” and “might be at increased risk” per the CDC. Visit the CDC to see a full list of conditions that qualify as a medical condition. In addition, disabilities are also included as a medical condition. 

Learn full details about timelines, eligibility and more at

COVID Vaccine Waitlist and Scheduling FAQ- Update 02/17/2021

  • Now that I am on the Waitlist, how long will it take for an appointment to be available?  It is difficult to predict.  Availability is dependent on the allocation of vaccines from SWDH and demand in the community. It could take up to several weeks.
  • I don’t have an email address, how do I sign up?  An email address is required.  You can reach out to a friend, relative, or trusted neighbor who would be willing to assist and communicate these messages.
  • What happens if I miss my scheduling window? Once vaccinations are available, an event will be scheduled and you will receive an email to schedule your appointment. You will be able to sign up for an appointment until 11:59pm the day before the event. If you do not register for an appointment during this window, you will need to re-register on the Gem County Waitlist.
  • How do I confirm my vaccine appointment date/time?  Check your email for a confirmation. A reminder email will be sent to your email a day or two prior to the event.
  • How do I change my appointment? Once you sign up at Idaho PrepMod, you will receive a confirmation email. This email will include a link to change or cancel your appointment. You will be able to change your appointment time if there are open appointment times available. You will not be able to change your event date.
  • What happens if I miss my appointment?   You will need to re-register on the Gem County Waitlist.

COVID Vaccine Waitlist- Update 02/16/2021

A GEM COUNTY COVID VACCINE WAITLIST has been created to help assist our community in accessing vaccination appointments. All participants must have a valid email address for scheduling communications.

  1. Qualified individuals need to register on the Gem County Vaccine Waitlist by completing the form.
  2. Participants will be added to the waitlist, in order of date of form submission.
  3. As vaccines become available, participants will be selected based on their position on the list. 
  4. Participants will receive an email from the County Emergency Operations Center with an IdahoPrepMod vaccine scheduling link.
  5. Participants will be given a specific event date and will be able to choose from available appointment times.
  6. A confirmation email will be sent from IdahoPrepMod to your email once you are scheduled.

Currently, vaccinations are available for Adults 65 years of age and older, healthcare workers, child care workers, first responders. For the full list of eligible individuals, visit

COVID Vaccine Updates- 2/12/2021

Valor Health, in partnership with the County Emergency Operations Center, is offering a CLOSED vaccination clinic to Tier 1 and Tier 2 individuals, including healthcare and child care workers, first responders, educational staff, and those aged 65 and older.*

At this event, we plan to administer 200 Moderna vaccinations to qualified individuals who had signed up through the Gem County Emergency Operations Center or Valor Health. Our staff and volunteers have been working hard to contact and schedule these individuals. To date we have administered 100% of the vaccines received, totalling over 700 vaccinations.

After the completion of the closed scheduling events, we will move forward with a public Gem County Vaccine Waitlist and open scheduling events. This list will be available to Gem County residents who qualify within Tier 1 and Tier 2 guidelines. The link to register for this waitlist will be made available on this page, shared via our social media, and posted in the local paper. All participants must have a valid email address for scheduling communications.

We appreciate your support and patience. More information will be coming soon.*- Curious where you fall on the list? Check out

Covid-19 Idaho

Number of the people in Idaho vaccinated by county

Idaho’s Vaccine
Distribution Timeline

Idaho’s distribution timeline with additional details

COVID Vaccine Resource

When and where to get your vaccination in Idaho

Understanding mRNA Vaccine

mRNA vaccines are a new type of vaccine to protect against infectious diseases. To trigger an immune response, many vaccines put a weakened or inactivated germ into our bodies. Not mRNA vaccines. Instead, they teach our cells how to make a protein—or even just a piece of a protein—that triggers an immune response inside our bodies. That immune response, which produces antibodies, is what protects us from getting infected if the real virus enters our bodies.