In order to reach some of Idaho's rural residents, Terry Reilly Health Services sent its mobile vaccination team out to the Owyhee County Museum and Library to set up shop and offer vaccines to those who wanted it. The mobile vaccine team has given more than 10,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines to some of Idaho's most rural residents. For Terry Reilly Health Services, the mobile vaccine team shows rural Idahoans that they're also a priority.
Out of Idaho's 44 counties, 34 are considered rural. The most hesitant group of Americans to the COVID-19 vaccines are rural, which holds true in the Gem State. And as demand for COVID-19 vaccines wanes across the country, reaching those who may be hesitant will be key in reaching herd immunity.
According to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, vaccination rates in Idaho's rural areas are falling behind those in urban areas. In small communities, it takes a smaller number of the community to decide not to vaccinate and seriously impact the herd immunity for the rest of the town and state.