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National and state health officials predict April will be “open season” for vaccine availability

Lia Smith, a registered nurse assistant, prepares a COVID-19 vaccine at the Mountain America Exposition Center in Sandy on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021, where those 70 and older are receiving the vaccination. Utah County recently announced more vaccine available for ages 70+. Photo: Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — Dr. Anthony Fauci says April will be “open season” for COVID-19 vaccine availability. And Utah leaders believe it could be by the end of May when all adults in the state could get the vaccine in their arms.

This week Governor Cox said if enough doses come our way, Utah will start getting enough doses to ensure vaccines are available for everyone who wants one by April or May.

Then on Wednesday, the Utah Department of Health Executive Director updated lawmakers about vaccine availability.

“We will reach all of the adult population, if 100% of them wanted it, by the end of May,” Rich Saunders told members of the state Senate Health and Human Services Committee.

Vaccine availability up to drug makers

That’s as long as vaccine makers follow through with the increased doses promised, reported the Deseret News.

Dr. Fauci also talked about availability on The Today Show, saying the pace of coronavirus vaccinations will pick up “as we get into March and April.”

He said the vaccine seems to do well against the newer more viral variants.

About 78% of health care workers, first responders, K-12 teachers and staff have gotten at least one dose of the vaccine. 43% of Utahns 70 or older have received one dose.

Starting March 1, Utahns 65 or older as well as those with certain medical conditions will also be able to be vaccinated.

 


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

 

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