Vaccines Protect Me and You


October 12, 2021


Fort Hall – (THHS) Tribal Health and Human Services are starting COVID-19 testing back up at the Shoshone-Bannock Hotel & Events Center (East Entrance). Week 1 testing will be available October 12-14, 2021 and week two testing, October 18-21, 2021. The times available for testing will be from 12:00 pm to 5:45 pm.

64% of total active (monitored) cases are unvaccinated, 36% of total active cases are breakthrough cases. (Breakthrough cases are when a fully vaccinated person gets infected with the coronavirus.) 7.42 is the daily average for new COVID-19 cases; this is a record high this year since December 16.

The Pfizer-BioNTech booster shot is currently available for those with the highest risk of severe complications of COVID-19. IHS is providing booster shots for specific populations and those in high-risk occupational and institutional settings.

The CDC recommends:

• People 65 years and older and residents in long-term care settings.

• People 18-64 years of age with underlying medical conditions based on their individual benefits and risks.

• People 18-64 years of age who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of their occupational or institutional setting.

Each group may receive a booster shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least six months after their initial Pfizer-BioNTech “two-dose” series.

A reminder; The Pfizer-BioNTech third “booster” vaccine can only be given to those who received two doses of the COVID-19 Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. This excludes Moderna and Johnson & Johnson (J&J).

The numbers for this week as of October 12, 2021, at 11:00 am, are:

Total Cases To-Date 1,269

Total Active Cases 50

Total Currently Hospitalized 6

Total Recovered to Date 1,189

Total Deceased to Date 30

Total Breakthrough cases 89 (Breakthrough cases are when a fully vaccinated person gets infected with the coronavirus.)

Total Vaccines that have been given to Date 6,312 / Youth ages 12-17 years 452

To date, the Tribes have given 6,312 vaccines to the Fort Hall community, which covers 56% of the reservation population. Of this number, 3,369 are fully vaccinated, 452 have been given to tribal youth, ages 12-17, by Fort Hall IHS.

The $50.00 vaccination incentives can still be picked up at Not-tsoo Gah-nee. This is a “one-time-only” for those fully vaccinated and who have not yet received the incentive (must show your vaccine card & Tribal ID/CIB). 

Mandatory masks are in effect for the entire Fort Hall Reservation. Wear your mask when entering any business, including getting gas, buying groceries, or playing at the casino.

The ‘Binax NOW’ testing is available at the IHS south tent structure. Call 208-238-5494 to schedule an appointment.

The Not-tsoo Gah-Nee IHS Clinic (IHS) provides Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines. IHS offers a walk-in clinic on Monday-Wednesday, Friday 9–11 am, Thursday 1:30–3:30 pm. Contact 208-238-5435 (THHS), 208-238-5427 (IHS Medical).

The Shoshone-Bannock Community Health Center (HRSA) offers walk-in vaccinations seven days a week, currently offering Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson. COVID testing is available based on medical needs. Please call 208-478-3987 with any questions.

Transportation is available for community members who want to get COVID-19 tested. Call 208-478-4069 (Transit Dispatch).

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