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Some COVID-19 vaccination appointments in Davis County were “double-booked”

The Davis County Health Department will begin administering COVID-19 vaccines to residents 70-years-old and above starting Tuesday. It comes following some early issues with getting people signed up. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

DAVIS COUNTY, Utah — The Davis County Health Department will begin administering COVID-19 vaccines to residents 70-years-old and above starting Tuesday. This comes after some early issues with getting people vaccination appointments.

The wait list turns into appointments

The department opened registration for older residents on Friday. According to officials, 3,048 people were initially able to register, although many others were unable to get an appointment.

“We were getting so many calls,” says Trevor Warner, Communications Director for the Davis County Health Department. “We took over 14,000 calls on Friday.”

Department officials later started logging information for all the residents attempting to make an appointment. 

“We put together a contact list,” explained Warner.

The idea was to effectively set-up future appointments once the department received additional doses of the vaccine. As it turns out, some individuals on that list would get a second chance sooner than expected.

“As we went through the day we found out, some people who wanted the shot were getting on and then they had their grandkids or had their son or daughter get on there,” he said. “So there was some double-booking that was going on. So the contact people went in order on the list that they were [marked] down. So when we had appointments that opened up those people got sent an email to be able to sign up.”

The county has previously stated they plan to set aside 75% of their weekly vaccine doses for the 70+ age group. There are more than 25,000 Davis County residents that could be served in this age group.

The remaining 25% of vaccine doses will be set aside for healthcare workers, first responders and K-12 school staff.

Vaccination clinics in Davis County will be held at the Legacy Events Center in Farmington. Those clinics are set for January 22 and January 23 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.