The safety of our IYR staff, clients, and customers is a top priority. Consistent with this and our organizational value of transparency we wanted to share important information with you about your eligibility to obtain the COVID vaccine and how to obtain it. This is a new process for all of us. If you have any questions please email HR for help:

As you probably know, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and State and local authorities recommend the COVID vaccine as a safe and effective way to help prevent you from getting COVID-19 and an important tool to help stop the pandemic.

We have been informed that all IYR employees in Idaho are now eligible to receive the vaccine. We don’t currently know the eligibility status for IYR employees in Oregon and will update our communication as we learn more. Residents of Malheur County, Oregon can access vaccine information here.

The information below explains how IYR employees in Idaho can make an appointment to receive the vaccine. Due to the dynamic nature of the vaccine distribution process, some of this information may change in the weeks or months to come and we will do our best to update the information as we learn more.

First, we wanted to answer your most common questions from our recent vaccine survey:

  1. IYR is not requiring employees to get the vaccine at this time.
  2. The vaccine is totally free and being provided at no cost because of the current national health crisis.
  3. Some employees have questions or concerns about the vaccine. You can learn more about the vaccine, including safety and side effects, from the CDC website, including this link, and from the State of Idaho, including this FAQ page, or by speaking with your healthcare provider. Our team members in Oregon can learn more from the COVID webpages here.
  4. Vaccines are currently being delivered through medical providers like St. Luke’s, Primary Health, and in some cases directly through the local health district. Because of this, we are not planning to provide vaccines at IYR locations at this time.
  1. As with other medical procedures, IYR will not pay employees for their time to get the vaccine.
  2. If you have other questions please email

How do I make a vaccination appointment?

Distribution of the vaccine is currently being managed at the local level within each of Idaho’s seven health districts. Your next step is to make an appointment with a vaccine provider in your health district. Depending on which health district you are in, your process to make a vaccination appointment may be different.

  • Luke’s is currently offering vaccination appointments in the following areas: Twin Falls, Boise/Meridian/Nampa, McCall, Wood River, and Mountain Home. You can learn more here: or by calling the St. Luke’s COVID-19 hotline at 208-381-9500. It appears they are offering this service for new and existing patients. St. Luke’s is using their online tool ‘MyChart’ for people to schedule their appointment. When you first log into MyChart, open the Menu in the top left corner of the screen, and then select ‘Schedule an Appointment’. Select ‘COVID Vaccine’ from the appointment types, and go from there. You will be given options for location, and then offered available appointments to select from. See the additional information below for other tips.
  • You can contact your healthcare provider to determine if they are providing the vaccine and learn how to make an appointment. You may also be contacted by your healthcare provider informing you of your eligibility and to help you make an appointment.
  • In some cases, you can go online to your health district website and provide your contact information to be informed when vaccination appointments are available in your area. Please see the chart below to find information for your health district.
  • Please note, because of the dynamic nature of the vaccine roll-out, being eligible does not mean vaccine will be immediately available and there may be delays in appointment availability.

When making an appointment with St. Luke’s, you will be asked what category you fall into. Given the kinds of programs and services provided by IYR, you may select the category “child welfare worker”.

What to bring to your appointment: Bring evidence of your employment with IYR to your vaccination appointment. The vaccine provider may not ask to see this, but you will want to have it just in case. Examples include your most recent paystub, W-2, or employee badge with your name and/or photo.

Where do I find information about my local health district?

Please use the below chart to find information about vaccines in your health district. Remember you may be able to make a vaccine appointment through St. Luke’s as described earlier in this document.

Health District

Idaho Counties Served

Health District Links


Ada, Elmore, Valley, Boise

Click here to sign up to receive vaccine updates.

Click here to access other vaccine information.


Kootenai, Benewah, Boundary, Shoshone, Bonner


Click here to access vaccine information.


Adams, Washington, Payette, Gem, Canyon, Owyhee

Click here to sign up to receive vaccine updates.

Click here to access other vaccine information.


South Central

Blaine, Camas, Gooding, Lincoln, Jerome, Minidoka, Twin Falls, Cassia

Click here to sign up to receive vaccine updates.

Click here to access other vaccine information.




Butte, Bingham, Power, Bannock, Caribou, Oneida, Franklin, Bear Lake

Click here to sign up to receive vaccine updates.

Click here to access other vaccine information.



Lemhi, Custer, Clark Jefferson, Fremont, Madison, Teton, Bonneville

Click here to sign up to receive vaccine updates.

Click here to access other vaccine information.



North Central

Latah, Clearwater, Nez Perce, Lewis, Idaho

Click here to access other vaccine information.





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