GOVERNMENT

Utah Department of Health receiving more COVID-19 vaccines, unsure how it will impact timeline

Feb 1, 2021, 9:06 AM | Updated: 9:07 am
Tooele vaccination...
FILE -- A nurse holds a phial of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at Guy's Hospital in London, Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020. U.K. health authorities rolled out the first doses of a widely tested and independently reviewed COVID-19 vaccine Tuesday, starting a global immunization program that is expected to gain momentum as more serums win approval. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, Pool)
(AP Photo/Frank Augstein, Pool)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — As the Biden administration promises more shipments of COVID-19 vaccines, Utah health officials say they’re already seeing their weekly supply increase. The hope is that an increase in shipments will be enough for everyday Utahns to receive a vaccine faster than the state timeline originally predicted.

Making the best of a limited supply

As it turns out, local health officials are the first to admit that the state’s vaccine rollout plan hasn’t moved as quickly as most would like. Despite dealing with a limited supply, they contend that things are moving as fast as possible.  

“The supply is not great,” explains Gary Edwards, executive director of the Salt Lake County Health Department. “We are getting doses in arms quickly.” 

Right now, COVID-19 vaccinations are only available to healthcare workers, long-term care facility residents and staff, teachers, first responders, and residents 70 and older.

It will likely stay that way until late February or early March.

Will more shipments mean a shorter timeline?

What could change is the timeline for everyone else. Rich Lakin, immunization director with the Utah Department of Health, explains how many more doses are coming the week of January 31, compared to the week prior.

“We know that we did get a thirty-percent increase of Moderna doses. So instead of  17,400 doses that we had anticipated, we are going to get 22,900 doses, ” he explains. “So, we’ve gone from 34,950 doses to 40,450.”

To this point, Utahns have been told that it may be until July before COVID-19 vaccines are made available to everyone. Although if shipments continue to increase, that timeframe could shift to late spring or early summer. 

The problem with making those predictions, according to state health officials, is that they aren’t receiving much of a long-term outlook from the federal government.

“Unfortunately, the federal government gives us information on a week-to-week basis,” says Lakin.

Ahead of healthy, young Utahns on the vaccine priority list are tribal communities, people with underlying medical conditions, and various racial and ethnic groups determined to be at a higher-risk.

 

 


Cox: More COVID-19 vaccine doses to arrive in Utah within the coming weeks

A Chick-fil-A manager saved a drive-thru Covid-19 vaccination clinic after traffic backed up

 

How To Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 Coronavirus

COVID-19 coronaviruses transmitted from person to person. It is a virus that is similar to the common cold and the flu. So, to prevent it from spreading:

  • Wash hands frequently and thoroughly, with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds.
  • Wear a mask.
  • Don’t touch your face.
  • Keep children and those with compromised immune systems away from someone who is coughing or sneezing (in this instance, at least six feet)
  • If there is an outbreak near you, practice social distancing (stay at home, instead of going to the movies, sports events, or other activities.)
  • Get a flu shot.

Local resources

KSL Coronavirus Q&A

Utah’s Coronavirus Information

Utah State Board of Education

Utah Hospital Association

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Utah Coronavirus Information Line – 1-800-456-7707

National Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Commonly asked questions, World Health Organization

Cases in the United States

 

Today’s Top Stories

Government

Former Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson wants his old job back. ...
Mark Jones

Rocky Anderson announces bid to run for SLC mayor in 2023

Former Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson announced Wednesday that he is seeking reelection to get his old job back.
1 day ago
Former Vice President Mike Pence is seen here with audience members after appearing at at CNN town ...
Veronica Stracqualursi, CNN

Pence says Trump was ‘wrong’ for dinner with Holocaust denier

Former Vice President Mike Pence says former President Donald Trump was wrong for having dinner with a Holocaust denier and should apologize for it.
2 days ago
FILE - A Montana man was sentenced to three years in prison for his role in the Capitol riot. (AP P...
The Associated Press

Montana man gets 3 years in prison for role in Capitol riot

A Montana man will spend three years in federal prison for his role in the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the U.S Capitol.
6 days ago
Dozens of residents were displaced after fire at a low income apartment complex in Richfield, Utah....
Mark Jones

American Red Cross of Utah seeks volunteers in central Utah

The American Red Cross of Utah is seeking volunteers in central Utah after a fire in Richfield earlier this week displaced 35 families.
6 days ago
On Thanksgiving Day, Crave Cookies donated to the Utah County Jail and The Salvation Army hosted me...
Waverly Golden

Thanksgiving Day donations and volunteering

On Thanksgiving Day, Crave Cookies donated to the Utah County Jail and The Salvation Army hosted meal preparation and delivery to Utah families.
6 days ago
Gail Halvorsen, the Berlin Candy Bomber, poses for a photo in the backyard of his Provo home days b...
Waverly Golden

Utahn helps non-profit with modern day “Candy Bomber” operation

In memory of "The Candy Bomber," a fundraiser hopes to supply Christmas presents to refugee children in Berlin and Ukraine.
8 days ago

Sponsored Articles

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.
Young woman receiving laser treatment...
Form Derm Spa

How facial plastic surgery and skincare are joining forces

Facial plastic surgery is not only about looking good but about feeling good too. The medical team at Form Spa are trained to help you reach your aesthetic outcomes through surgery and through skincare and dermatology, too.
Utah Department of Health receiving more COVID-19 vaccines, unsure how it will impact timeline