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Gov. Cox debunks rumor suggesting he already got COVID-19 vaccine

State leaders believe Utah may start getting enough doses to make COVID-19 vaccines available for everyone who wants one by April or May. (PHOTO: Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY — Gov. Spencer Cox took to Twitter Saturday afternoon, debunking a rumor that he’s already gotten his COVID-19 vaccine despite not being eligible yet. This comes weeks after the Utah Department of Health confirmed state leaders would not get special treatment or have priority access to the vaccine. 

In a now-deleted tweet, someone responded to FOX13 reporter Ben Winslow suggesting that Cox “already got his vaccinations.” The governor was quick to respond. 

“I won’t until people 45 years old with no underlying comorbidities are eligible,” Cox tweeted. 



The claim that politicians could cut the line has emerged since the vaccine rollout began. However, the health department noted in its phased plan that state leaders would be treated like every other Utahn. 

That means Cox may not get the vaccine until March or April when the vaccine becomes available to the general public. 

How To Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 Coronavirus

COVID-19 coronavirus spreads person to person, 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.
  • Don’t touch your face.
  • Wear a mask to protect yourself and others per CDC recommendations.
  • 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