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Brad Bigford, right, speaks to Jeni Burney, left, about concerns of contraindications between the flu and COVID-19 vaccines at Kaleidoscope Pediatric Therapy in Boise on Oct. 6.

In response to Idaho’s recent COVID-19 surge and the state’s unvaccinated rates, local nurse practitioner Bradley Bigford has taken matters into his own hands, writes reporter Jordan Unger in today's Idaho Press. 

Bigford, who owns Table Rock Mobile Medicine, an on-the-move urgent care service in the Treasure Valley, has taken to Twitter to get his message across. The self-proclaimed vaccine advocate has used the social media outlet as an avenue to advertise his willingness to personally talk one-on-one with anyone in the Treasure Valley who is vaccine hesitant and has questions.

“I’ve literally talked to dozens of people one-on-one over the phone, through direct messages and in person face-to-face,” Bigford said during an interview this week. “Is that making a huge dent in our unvaccinated population? Absolutely not. It’s a drop in the bucket. Let’s be honest. But every person that I’ve been able to get vaccinated is one less person that needs a ventilator or a hospital bed.”

You can read Unger's full story here at (subscription required), or pick up today's Sunday/Monday Idaho Press; it's on the front page.

Betsy Z. Russell is the Boise bureau chief and state capitol reporter for the Idaho Press and Adams Publishing Group. Follow her on Twitter at @BetsyZRussell.

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