Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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This webpage includes updates on the COVID-19 response from Bingham Healthcare. The COVID-19 outbreak is a rapidly evolving situation, and new information from Bingham Healthcare will be posted here as it becomes available.

To protect our patients, their loved ones, and our employees and medical staff we have implemented updated visitor protocols at Bingham Memorial Hospital. Please help us by following these changes: 

  • All patients and support care givers must enter through the ER entrance. 

  • All patients may have 1 support person over the age of 18 enter the facility with them. 

  • All pediatric patients may have both parents as their support persons.

  • People entering for the cafeteria only are not permitted in the facility at this time. 

  • All patients, support care givers, and staff will continue to be screened at the entrance. 

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FAQs regarding the COVID-19 vaccine

Are Covid-19 Vaccines Safe?

Yes. Millions of people in the United States have received COVID-19 vaccines under the most intense safety monitoring in U.S. history. For more information, please visit the CDC Vaccine FAQ.

Is There A Vaccine For COVID-19?

Yes. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved three COVID-19 vaccines for use in the United States: The Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine. The CDC does not recommend one vaccine over another as all have been proven to be safe and effective.

What Is A Vaccine?

In short, having a vaccine decreases your chances of contracting an infectious disease, like COVID-19 or the flu. It is a biological preparation that provides active acquired immunity to a particular infectious disease. A vaccine typically contains an agent that resembles a disease-causing microorganism and is often made from weakened or killed forms of the microbe, its toxins, or one of its surface proteins.

How Many Shots of The COVID-19 Vaccine Will Be Needed?

Pfizer: 2 doses; the 2nd dose must be 21 days after the 1st. Moderna: 2 doses; the 2nd dose must be 28 days after the 1st. Johnson & Johnson/Janssen: 1 dose Nearly all COVID-19 vaccines being studied in the United States require two shots. The first shot starts building protection, but everyone has to come back a few weeks later for the second one to get the most protection the vaccine can offer.

What Are The Side Effects of Vaccines?

Vaccines can cause side effects like a sore arm, low-grade fever, muscle aches and pains. However, they usually go away after a day or two. It is important for patients to understand the following:

  • People will not get COVID-19 from receiving a vaccine.
  • Side effects are a sign that the vaccine is working.
  • Not everyone experiences side effects, but the following have been reported during COVID-19 studies: pain at injection site, fatigue, headache, muscle soreness, chills, joint pain and fever.
  • The side effects will not last long; it is anticipated they will resolve within a week.

Why Do We Need A COVID-19 Vaccine?

Stopping a pandemic requires using all the tools available. Vaccines work with your immune system so your body will be ready to fight the virus if you are exposed. Other steps, like wearing masks and social distancing, help reduce your chance of being exposed to the virus or spreading it to others.

What Is Natural Immunity of Vaccine?

Patients may think because many people have mild symptoms, it is better to get COVID-19 rather than receiving a vaccine. Consider that while some individuals experience mild symptoms, others have had significant illness and even those with mild symptoms have had some long-term effects from their illness. The risk of spreading the disease to friends and loved ones is far greater without the vaccine. Also, it is too early to fully understand the short- or long-term immunity of someone who has recovered from COVID-19.

Can I Get COVID-19 From The Vaccine?

No, you cannot get COVID-19 from the vaccine.

How Do We Know That These Vaccines Are Safe When They Are So New? Couldn't They Cause Problems That We Don't Know About Yet? What About Long-Term Problems?

COVID-19 vaccines are being tested in large clinical trials to assess their safety. However, it does take time, and more people getting vaccinated before we learn about very rare or long-term side effects. That is why safety monitoring will continue. CDC has an independent group of experts that reviews all the safety data as it comes in and provides regular safety updates. If a safety issue is detected, immediate action will take place to determine if the issue is related to the COVID-19 vaccine and determine the best course of action.

Will The COVID-19 Vaccine Be Free?

Yes, the COVID-19 vaccine will be free. However, vaccine administration charges will be billed to insurance with no out-of-pocket costs incurred by patients or staff. Patients and staff will need to bring their insurance card when they receive the vaccine.

Can People With An Egg, Latex, Or Metal Allergy Receive the COVID-19 Vaccine?

None of the approved COVID-19 vaccines in the United States contain egg, latex, or metals.

Can I Take The COVID-19 Vaccine If I Have Underlying Health Conditions Or A Compromised Immune System?

A lot of people have been asking if they can take the vaccine if they have underlying health issues or a compromised immune system. To summarize, yes it is safe and highly recommended that you do take the vaccine if you fall into this category. The reason why it’s okay is best described by how the vaccine works.

  • The first available vaccine will be a new type: the messenger RNA type (mRNA).
  • mRNA from the vaccine never enters the nucleus of the cell and does not affect or interact with a person’s DNA.
  • The process that cells use to make proteins is utilized by mRNA vaccines in order to trigger an immune response and build immunity.
  • mRNA vaccines do not contain live virus and do not carry the risk of causing disease in a vaccinated person.
The vaccines can be taken by people with weakened immunity like HIV patients or other immunosuppressed conditions. They may not get the same effective response as someone without immune compromise. Persons with recent bone marrow transplantation are advised to wait until after 6 months of bone marrow transplantation to allow their immune system to recover from it.

If I Tested Positive For COVID-19, Do I Still Need To Get The Vaccine?

Yes, you should still get a vaccine, however, if you have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days, you may deter your vaccine to allow vaccination of other healthcare workers who remain susceptible to infection as current evidence suggest reinfection is uncommon during the 90 days after initial infection.

Am I Required To Be Vaccinated With The COVID-19 Vaccine?

It’s important to note that when you’re able to be vaccinated for COVID-19, it’s up to you to decide if you want to take it or not. No vaccine in the United States is required, even though it’s highly recommended that as many people as possible get vaccinated. The FDA has gone through every possible safety check that they can.

Do You Have More Questions About The COVID-19 Vaccine That You Were Unable To Find Here?

For additional information you may have about the COVID-19 vaccine, please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/faq.html

What Does COVID-19 Stand For?

In COVID-19, ‘CO’ stands for ‘corona,’ ‘VI’ for ‘virus,’ and ‘D’ for disease. Formerly, this disease was referred to as “2019 novel coronavirus” or “2019-nCoV”. There are many types of human coronaviruses including some that commonly cause mild upper-respiratory tract illnesses.


How and Where Can I Get a COVID-19 Vaccine?

Vaccination Clinic

Bingham Healthcare is offering another 1st dose public vaccination clinic in Blackfoot.

What:  Pfizer 1st dose vaccine

When: Tuesday, September 14th from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. 


Where: Harrington Classroom 

98 Poplar St.

Blackfoot, ID 83221 

(Across the street from the main hospital in the Medical Office Building)

You must register for this vaccination clinic. To register, please click the button below.  

Urgent Cares

As of April 15, 2021, all Idahoans aged 12 and up are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

Bingham Healthcare offered the public access to vaccination clinics during the first half of 2021. Now, the Covid vaccine will be available by appointment at our urgent care locations across East Idaho.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment to get vaccinated, please call one of our urgent care locations.

1st Choice Urgent Care & Family Medicine - Blackfoot
(across the street from McDonald’s)
1350 Parkway Dr.
Blackfoot, ID 83221
(208) 782-2410

1st Choice Urgent Care & Family Medicine - Pocatello

1595 Bannock Hwy.

Pocatello, ID 83221

(208) 239-6511

Ammon Urgent Care - Idaho Falls

3465 E 17th St.

Ammon, ID 83406

(208) 529-2828

1st Choice Urgent Care & Family Medicine - Shelley

275 W Locust St

Shelley, ID 83274

(208) 357-3960