CORONAVIRUS UTAH

Utah Residents 75 And Older To Get Vaccine In Second Phase

Dec 28, 2020, 2:44 PM | Updated: 4:09 pm
FILE (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)...
FILE (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
(Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah residents 75 years and older are scheduled to receive the coronavirus vaccine in mid-February under a plan approved for the second phase of distribution.

The Utah Department of Health said in a news release Monday that other groups who could be in line to get the COVID-19 vaccine include people with underlying health conditions and those who live in group settings.

A person’s job is no longer under consideration.

“Vaccine priorities are difficult, but this change is something I’ve been advocating for a while,” Governor-elect Spencer Cox said in a tweet Monday. “All the good data analysis shows that prioritizing based on age will save more lives and prevent hospitalizations. I’m grateful to the UDOH for making the best possible decision.”

The state has given the vaccine to 17,543 people as of Monday during the first phase that has focused on front-line health care workers with the highest risk of exposure.

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Utah Residents 75 And Older To Get Vaccine In Second Phase