Starting January 18, 2021, all Utahns age 70 and older can get vaccinated by their local health department. We expect to open up vaccinations for other age groups, and individuals with underlying medical conditions (to be determined) who have not yet been vaccinated, sometime in March. The vaccine should be available for all Utahns sometime in the April to July timeframe.
We would appreciate your help to make sure older adults you know and work with get vaccinated as soon as the vaccine is available to them. We have attached a flyer with information on how older adults can get the vaccine. The flyer can be posted at your building, community locations, or sent in an email to clients or partnering organizations which work with this population. The flyer will also be available in Spanish in the next couple of days. Older adults will need to:
Call or visit the website of their local health department to schedule an appointment. Older adults don’t need to “get on a waiting list” to be vaccinated but they must have an appointment with their local health department. They can’t just show up without an appointment, as each local health department may have a different process for registration. Please understand we have limited vaccines and appointments will fill up quickly. It may take a few tries to get an appointment.
Bring a photo I.D. to their appointment.
Get a 2nd dose of the vaccine a few weeks later. The local health department will tell them when to come back for their 2nd shot, depending on whether they received the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.
Call their doctor's office if they experience any side effects after getting the vaccine. If someone thinks they may have had an adverse reaction, he or she can call 1-800-822-7967 or email VAERS at info@VAERS.org. They may also call the Utah Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 with questions.
Some people may be concerned about vaccine safety. Data from clinical trials showed COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. The benefits of getting vaccinated far outweigh the risks of getting COVID-19. Clinical trials show that of those who reported side effects, most had normal, mild to moderate symptoms that showed up within the first 7 days after getting the COVID-19 vaccine. No steps were skipped during the clinical trial and data review process for COVID-19 vaccines. Safety is a top priority. No matter how quickly COVID-19 vaccines were developed, they were held to the same standards as other vaccines, to make sure they are safe. We encourage you to visit coronavirus.utah.gov/vaccine for more information about COVID-19 vaccines. On the website, you can sign up to receive a newsletter with current and updated vaccine information. You may also call our COVID-19 Hotline at 1-800-456-7707 if you have any questions.