ALL NEWS

Healthcare workers among the first in Utah to get Moderna COVID-19 vaccine

Dec 21, 2020, 7:07 PM | Updated: 8:10 pm
utah moderna vaccine...
Boxes containing the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine are prepared to be shipped at the McKesson distribution center in Olive Branch, Miss., Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, Pool)
(AP Photo/Paul Sancya, Pool)

BOUNTIFUL, Utah – Healthcare workers at MountainStar Lakeview Hospital in Bountiful have become some of the first in Utah to get the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. 

The hospital’s Director of Critical Care Jacci Kennedy said she was happy to roll up her sleeve and get a shot. 

“We are here to take care of people. We are here to take care of our community,” Kennedy told KSL-TV. “And we can continue to do so healthy.”

Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine ships in smaller packages. It can also be stored in a regular freezer, unlike Pfizer’s vaccine which needs to be held in large, subzero ones. 

Nurse Liz Barnes said that means smaller clinics and rural areas can now be vaccinated. 

“With it just being easier to store, it’s just going to be so much easier to get it to everybody in those rural communities,” Barnes said. 

However, there was a hitch in the vaccination plan: There were only 500 doses available.

CEO Troy Wood said there are 600 employees at Lakeview Hospital. 

“We will be able to vaccinate throughout today, tomorrow, and Wednesday,” Wood said. “We’ll apply for more. We will, at that point, be able to disseminate it to community physicians.”

“We did receive notification that we are slated to receive 47,800 doses of the Moderna vaccine throughout the week,” said the Utah Department of Health in a statement to KSL NewsRadio. “Most of these doses will be reserved for long-term care facility residents and staff, as well as healthcare workers in hospitals.”

Lakeview was not the only hospital to offer the COVID-19 vaccine to its workers. Ogden Regional Medical Center also vaccinated its staff.

Today’s Top Stories

All News

Great Salt Lake State Park and Marina...
Mark Jones

How much will it take to save the Great Salt Lake?

A bipartisan bill was passed in the U.S. Senate aimed at giving funding toward the study of The Great Salt Lake and other saline lakes in the west.
22 hours ago
goblin mode...
Christian Edwards, CNN

‘Goblin mode’ chosen as Oxford word of the year for 2022

According to OUP, the term refers to a behavior which is "self-indulgent, lazy, or greedy, typically in a way that rejects social norms or expectations."
22 hours ago
free national park...
Aimee Cobabe

Lawsuit against Arches National Park after incident resulting in the death of a woman

A trial is underway after a woman was decapitated at Arches National Park. Her family alleges the park was negligent in not securing a gate that killed her.
22 hours ago
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 19:  The U.S. Capitol is shown as a looming government shutdown threatens ...
Manu Raju and Phil Mattingly, CNN

Defense bill likely to include end to military Covid vaccine mandate, source says

A massive bill setting defense policy is likely to end the military Covid vaccine mandate, a source familiar with the negotiations tells CNN.
22 hours ago
kindergarten gap year...
Tom Haraldsen

Checking in on the status of full-day kindergarten in Utah

Policy analyst with Voices for Utah Children reveals whether full-day kindergarten could be in the cards for next year.
22 hours ago
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 03:  Actress Kirstie Alley attends the "Kirstie" premiere party at Harlow o...
Dan Heching, Amy Simonson and Taylor Romine, CNN

Kirstie Alley, ‘Cheers’ and ‘Veronica’s Closet’ star, dead at 71

Actress Kirstie Alley has died after a brief battle with cancer, her children announced on social media.
22 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Spicy Homemade Loaded Taters Tots...
Macey's

5 game day snacks for the whole family (with recipes!)

Try these game day snacks to make watching football at home with your family feel like a special occasion. 
Happy joyful smiling casual satisfied woman learning and communicates in sign language online using...
Sorenson

The best tools for Deaf and hard-of-hearing workplace success

Here are some of the best resources to make your workplace work better for Deaf and hard-of-hearing employees.
Team supporters celebrating at a tailgate party...
Macey's

8 Delicious Tailgate Foods That Require Zero Prep Work

In a hurry? These 8 tailgate foods take zero prep work, so you can fuel up and get back to what matters most: getting hyped for your favorite
christmas decorations candles in glass jars with fir on a old wooden table...
Western Nut Company

12 Mason Jar Gift Ideas for the 12 Days of Christmas [with recipes!]

There are so many clever mason jar gift ideas to give something thoughtful to your neighbors or friends. Read our 12 ideas to make your own!
wide shot of Bear Lake with a person on a stand up paddle board...

Pack your bags! Extended stays at Bear Lake await you

Work from here! Read our tips to prepare for your extended stay, whether at Bear Lake or somewhere else nearby.
young boy with hearing aid...
Sorenson

Accommodations for students who are deaf and hard of hearing

These different types of accommodations for students who are deaf and hard of hearing can help them succeed in school.
Healthcare workers among the first in Utah to get Moderna COVID-19 vaccine