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Extra doses bring long line to get vaccinated, says Salt Lake County

FILE: Richard Durrant receives his COVID-19 vaccine from Megan Boren, a Salt Lake County Health Department EMT, at the county’s mass vaccination site at the Mountain America Expo Center in Sandy on Jan. 18, 2021. Durrant and his wife, Joyce Durrant, were receiving their first doses of the Moderna vaccine. The same site experienced long lines in February, which Salt Lake County officials said came as a result of extra doses available. Photo: Steve Griffin, Deseret News.

Long lines for the COVID-19 vaccination generated a lot of complaints over the weekend in Salt Lake County.

People, many who were over age 70, said they waited in long lines Saturday up to three hours to go through the COVID-19 vaccination process at the Mountain America Expo Center in Sandy. The Salt Lake County Health Department set up the Expo Center as a vaccination site.

Spokesman Nicholas Rupp said there was a good reason for the delay. Because there were 1,ooo extra vaccine doses, people on the waitlist were called in. 

“We knew that would increase wait times that day, one time,” said Rupp, “But we decided it was worth it to vaccinate that many more people and to ensure that vaccine didn’t go to waste.”

Still, Rupp said the Health Department has reconfigured its layout, on the off chance it obtains extra doses again. 

Rupp, though, said there were chairs on hand for people in line.  He said there were wheelchairs and golf carts for those who needed them.  And, there were even proxies to stand in line for those who had to leave to use the restroom. 

The health department’s website says as of today, it has set up appointments through the end of the month.  


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).
  • Obtain 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

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