PARK CITY, Utah. — Phase Two Covid-19 vaccinations will be available to Utah residents 75 and older beginning in mid-February, according to the Governor’s office.
“As we move into Phase 2 of our vaccination program, it simply makes the most sense to vaccinate those who are at the highest risk for hospitalization and death first,” said Governor Gary Herbert. “We will continue to refine our plans, and to move forward under the principle that those who stand to suffer the most should be vaccinated first.”
Utah’s Covid-19 Unified Command group, at Herbert’s direction, adopted recommendations from the Utah Department of Health regarding how to prioritize vaccine recipients.
The remainder of phase two will likely be distributed based on a person’s age, underlying conditions, and whether someone is living in a group setting, according to the group’s recommendations. A person’s employment status will no longer be considered a factor in prioritization.
“Focusing on age will do more to reduce infections and alleviate hospitalizations than any other category of individuals as we continue to administer vaccinations,” said Gov.-elect Spencer Cox. “I’m very supportive of this change and know it will save lives.”
Phase one vaccinations are continuing. Those being vaccinated now include healthcare workers and long-term care facility residents and staff. In late January, K-12 teachers, school staff, and first responders are expected to begin receiving vaccines.