HEALTH

Districts find ways to administer COVID-19 vaccine to Utah students

Apr 20, 2021, 8:08 AM
Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine...
(Vials containing the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine are pictured at the Mountain America Exposition Center in Sandy on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021. Laura Seitz, Deseret News)
(Vials containing the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine are pictured at the Mountain America Exposition Center in Sandy on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021. Laura Seitz, Deseret News)

PARK CITY, Utah  – There’s a big effort by health officials and educators to make sure teens who are eligible to get the COVID-19 get it.  Educators in Summit County have already started vaccine clinics for students, while school districts in Salt Lake County will be following suit.

Health workers in Summit County had been working with the Moderna vaccine at first and eventually were able to get some Johnson and Johnson doses.  However, neither of those are approved for people under the age of 18.

County Immunization Director Derek Moss said, “The concern was, ‘Where do our 16 and 17-year-olds go?’  So, we’ve been sending them to Salt Lake.”

This kind of trip isn’t always possible for Summit County teens, especially those living in rural areas. 

“There’s a certain population that don’t have access to cars or are able to get to Salt Lake for various reasons.  It could be work, or it could be a knowledge thing about where to go,” Moss said.

The Summit County Health Department decided to host a vaccination clinic at Park City High school for students living in nearby districts.  The first doses were given Monday and the second are being planned for May 10th.  Moss said pre-registration was very high for these clinics, and if they need to have more clinics, they will.

“If there’s enough demand, absolutely.  We’re on it,” he said.

Officials in Vernal are also planning a vaccination clinic at Uintah High school later this week.  The first dose will be administered April 22nd, while the second dose will be given May 13th.

Uintah High School will host a drive-thru COVID-19 vaccination event for TriCounty Health Department on Thursday, April…

Posted by Uintah High School on Monday, April 19, 2021

School districts in Salt Lake County are also planning vaccination clinics, but the schedules are a little  more “up in the air.”  For now, they’re trying to gauge how many students would be interested in getting the medication.  Parents in the Granite School District are being asked to fill out a survey that would help them determine how many doses will be needed.

“We’re now looking to vaccinate 16-17 year-old kids who have an interest and whose parents authorize it,” said Granite School District Spokesman Ben Horsley.  “What better place to do that than in the school they attend?”

Horsley said the Salt Lake County Health Department reached out to districts all over the valley to help arrange these clinics and they aren’t quite certain when the vaccines will arrive, but it will likely be soon.

“We plan on starting our vaccination clinics next week,” Horsley said.

Parents in the Canyons School District received a similar survey. 

District Spokesman Jeff Haney said, “There are nearly 7,000 students in the Canyons School District who would be eligible to receive doses of the vaccine for novel coronavirus in school and during school hours.”

However, Haney said parents don’t have much time if they want to ensure their child gets a dose.  If the vaccines are coming soon, he said parents need to act soon, also.

“We want parents to respond to this survey by 5 p.m. on Wednesday,” Haney said.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.

Today’s Top Stories

Health

A bill on transgender healthcare — banning transgender-related surgeries and puberty blockers for...
Eliza Pace, KSL TV and Aimee Cobabe, KSL NewsRadio

Utah Senate approves changes to transgender care bill, passes on to Gov. Cox

SB16 bans gender-confirming surgeries for minors and also places a moratorium on puberty blockers for minors.
24 hours ago
Havasu Falls spills into the water pools below in Supai, Arizona, in October of 2016. Photo credit:...
Forrest Brown, CNN

Grand Canyon’s Havasu Falls to reopen to visitors after 3-year closure

 (CNN) — Havasu Falls, one of the most intriguing features of the Grand Canyon system, will be reopening to visitors after a three-year closure caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. But it’s with a catch. The reopening is scheduled for February 1; however, access will be limited initially to a certain, small group. People whose previous […]
24 hours ago
White carnations representing each of the 1,746 unborn babies that were aborted in Utah in 2022 are...
Allessandra Harris and Simone Seikaly

Speeches, silence, during Pro-Life Utah memorial at the Capitol

About 100 people including Utah lawmakers and religious leaders attended the memorial on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023.
2 days ago
 A mental health clinic will reopen on Thursday after a carbon monoxide leak sent at least 17 peop...
Michael Locklear

Carbon monoxide poisoning at central Utah clinic hospitalizes 17 people

The Central Utah Counseling Center in Ephraim was evacuated a week ago after a problem with an old furnace was discovered.
3 days ago
a row of guns are pictured...
Mark Jones

KSL at Night: How do we solve gun violence?

KSL at Night hosts Taylor Morgan and Maura Carabello speak with Clark Aposhian, chairman of the Utah Shooting Sports Council about gun violence.
4 days ago
Prescription opioid...
Nathaniel Meyersohn, CNN

Amazon launches $5-a-month unlimited prescription plan

Some of the generic drugs included in the program include Bupropion, Cephalexin, Doxycycline, Estradiol and Sertaline.
4 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Banner with Cervical Cancer Awareness Realistic Ribbon...
Intermountain Health

Five Common Causes of Cervical Cancer – and What You Can Do to Lower Your Risk

January is National Cervical Cancer Awareness month and cancer experts at Intermountain Health are working to educate women about cervical cancer, the tests that can warn women about potential cancer, and the importance of vaccination.
Kid holding a cisco fish at winterfest...
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Get Ready for Fun at the 2023 Bear Lake Monster Winterfest

The Bear Lake Monster Winterfest is an annual weekend event jam-packed full of fun activities the whole family can enjoy. This year the event will be held from January 27-29 at the Utah Bear Lake State Park Marina and Sunrise Resort and Event Center in Garden City, Utah. 
happy friends with sparklers at christmas dinner...
Macey's

15 Easy Christmas Dinner Ideas

We’ve scoured the web for you and narrowed down a few of our favorite Christmas dinner ideas to make your planning easy. Choose from the dishes we’ve highlighted to plan your meal or start brainstorming your own meal plan a couple of weeks before to make sure you have time to shop and prepare.
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
Districts find ways to administer COVID-19 vaccine to Utah students