Kootenai Health: Many discharged COVID patients look to get vaccinated

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COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho — Kootenai Health is reiterating its call for people to get vaccinated as the Panhandle region sees an increase in positive COVID-19 patients. 

“The vast majority of patients in our COVID-19 ICU unit with an active COVID-19 infection have not been fully vaccinated,” said Chief of Staff and Medical Director Dr. Robert Scoggins. “The reality is that this is now a pandemic of the unvaccinated.” 

Scoggins said the majority of patients in Kootenai Health ICU are fighting for breath and regretting their decision to skip getting a vaccine. 

“I have found that many want to be a part of the solution after they are discharged,” he said. 

COVID-19 cases are rising in every state, including Idaho and Washington, as a result of the highly transmissible Delta variant. 

Vaccinations are free and available at most pharmacies. 

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