POCATELLO, Idaho (KIFI) - Pocatello Mayor Brian Blad received his second dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at Southeastern Idaho Public Health’s offices Tuesday.
“The quickest way we get back to normal is for as many people as possible to get vaccinated against COVID-19,” Mayor Blad said. “I didn’t have any side effects from my first dose but if you are concerned about getting a vaccine, please talk to your health care provider.”
He received his first dose March 30.
“It is very important to get both shots in a two-dose series to achieve maximum protection,” Southeastern Idaho Public Health District Director Maggie Mann said. “Also, it takes your body’s immune system time to respond to the vaccine. People are not considered ‘fully vaccinated’ until two weeks after their second dose.”
More than 570,000 Idahoans have received a vaccine against COVID-19, according to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. In Bannock County, two out of every five residents ages 16 and over (42%) have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.