Utah Physicians Release Plan On Vaccine Rollout For Health Care Workers

Dec 3, 2020, 6:20 AM | Updated: 12:56 pm

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Physicians from Intermountain Healthcare and University of Utah Health on Thursday released plans on the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine in Utah.

It will first go to frontline health care workers. The vaccine will then be distributed in a wave as more becomes available.

The vaccine will be in limited supply to start. The first to receive it will be those who work in high-risk environments in the five hospitals in the state that provide care to the highest number of COVID-19 patients. Those facilities include Dixie Regional Medical Center, Intermountain Medical Center, LDS Hospital, University of Utah Hospital and Utah Valley Regional Medical Center.

Those workers include nurses, doctors, technicians, bedside personnel, those providing risky procedures, as well as housekeepers, who have been some of the hardest hit during the pandemic.

Doctors said the Pfizer mRNA vaccine will be the first to arrive in Utah, and it is 95% effective. It and the vaccine created by Moderna are as safe as most vaccines.

Some side effects of the Pfizer vaccine include mild symptoms such as headaches, muscle aches, and fever. There have been no serious safety signals in the 18- to 80-year-old subjects who were part of the trial, doctors said.

“What we don’t know about the vaccine yet is whether there will be side effects out of 1½ million people,” said Andrew Pavia, chief of pediatric infectious disease at U of U Health. ” … But the benefits will outweigh the risk of the vaccine.”

The Pfizer mRNA vaccine is incredibly sensitive, and it must be stored in at -80 degrees. Both the University of Utah and Intermountain Healthcare have a process for monitoring inventory appropriately, and they both have specific health care workers who will ensure it’s transferred safely and effectively.

There isn’t a set date of arrival yet, but health care officials are prepared to begin distributing it when it when it does.

Health care workers in the remaining hospitals as well as first responders will receive the vaccine by late December and January.

Between February and March, those in long-term care facilities as well as essential workers will get the vaccine, according to UDOH. Then from March – July, the vaccine will be distributed to the rest of the state, beginning with Tribal reservation communities, followed by Utahns age 65 and older.

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Coronavirus Utah

FILE: Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 (left) and Moderna COVID-19 (right) vaccines are seen at a vaccinati...
Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer

US clears updated COVID boosters for kids as young as 5

The U.S. on Wednesday authorized updated COVID-19 boosters for children as young as 5, seeking to expand protection ahead of an expected winter wave.
2 months ago
Alex Cabrero and Mike Anderson, KSL TV

Sandy woman shares frustration of ongoing battle with COVID-19

As life starts to return to normal from the pandemic, for millions of Americans, it still causes a daily struggle. That's the case for one Sandy woman, who shared her story Tuesday.
2 months ago
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - SEPTEMBER 09: A pharmacist prepares to administer  COVID-19 vaccine booster sho...
Jed Boal

University Health recommends getting omicron booster and flu shot now

The CDC approved the COVID-19 bivalent boosters that target the most recent omicron variants on September 1. Since then, tens of thousands of Utahns have rolled up their sleeves.
2 months ago
FILE: Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 (left) and Moderna COVID-19 (right) vaccines are seen at a vaccinati...
Jed Boal

Despite reaching 5,000 deaths, Utah’s COVID-19 numbers are down

The director of the World Health Organization said yesterday about COVID-19, “the end is in sight,” even if we are not there yet.
3 months ago
FILE: Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 (left) and Moderna COVID-19 (right) vaccines are seen at a vaccinati...
LAURA UNGAR AP Science Writer

Is COVID-19 winding down? Scientists say no

New booster shots have arrived and social distancing guidelines have eased but COVID-19 infections aren't going away anytime soon. Experts predict the scourge that's already lasted longer than the 1918 flu pandemic will linger far into the future as the virus continues to cause deaths and may well mutate or evolve into a new disease.
3 months ago
FILE: Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 (left) and Moderna COVID-19 (right) vaccines are seen at a vaccinati...

US clears updated COVID boosters targeting newest variants

U.S. clears updated COVID-19 boosters targeting the newest omicron strain; shots could begin within days.
3 months ago

Sponsored Articles

house with for rent sign posted...
Chase Harrington, president and COO of Entrata

Top 5 reasons you may want to consider apartment life over owning a home

There are many benefits of renting that can be overshadowed by the allure of buying a home. Here are five reasons why renting might be right for you.
Festive kitchen in Christmas decorations. Christmas dining room....
Lighting Design

6 Holiday Decor Trends to Try in 2022

We've rounded out the top 6 holiday decor trends for 2022 so you can be ahead of the game before you start shopping. 
Happy diverse college or university students are having fun on their graduation day...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

How to choose what MBA program is right for you: Take this quiz before you apply!

Wondering what MBA program is right for you? Take this quiz before you apply to see if it will help you meet your goals.
Diverse Group of Energetic Professionals Team Meeting in Modern Office: Brainstorming IT Programmer...
Les Olson

Don’t let a ransomware attack get you down | Protect your workplace today with cyber insurance

Business owners and operators should be on guard to protect their workplace. Cyber insurance can protect you from online attacks.
Hand turning a thermostat knob to increase savings by decreasing energy consumption. Composite imag...
Lighting Design

5 Lighting Tips to Save Energy and Money in Your Home

Advances in lighting technology make it easier to use smart features to cut costs. Read for tips to save energy by using different lighting strategies in your home.
Portrait of smiling practitioner with multi-ethnic senior people...
Summit Vista

How retirement communities help with healthy aging

There are many benefits that retirement communities contribute to healthy aging. Learn more about how it can enhance your life, or the life of your loved ones.
Utah Physicians Release Plan On Vaccine Rollout For Health Care Workers