Analysis: What we know (and don’t know) about the COVID-19 vaccines and Idaho schools

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Teachers could be among the first Idahoans to get a coronavirus vaccine. It’s even possible, at least in theory, that some teachers could get their first vaccine before the end of the year.
But the optimism — and there is reason for genuine optimism — is shrouded in logistical uncertainty. And clouded by harsh short-term reality. For Idaho and its schools, things will almost surely get worse before they turn around.
We now know that two vaccines appear to be on their way. Both have aced their early trials, stunning the scientific community in the process; Pfizer and BioNTech have reported their vaccine is 95 percent effective, while Moderna Inc. has reported 94.5 percent effectiveness.
Both companies are expected to apply soon for federal emergency use authorization, and that means millions of vaccines could be shipped out by year’s end.
Now, let’s talk about more things we know, and some things we don’t know.
Where do school employees fall in line?
Pretty close to the front, according to an interim version of Idaho’s COVID-19 vaccination plan.
The first vaccines will go to Idaho’s health care workers, such as hospital employees, pharmacists and workers in long-term care facilities. That’ …

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