PROVO – Two well being departments in Utah warn that they’re operating out of eligible folks for the COVID-19 vaccine and that offer is exceeding present demand.
“In Utah County, we’re positively feeling the slowdown,” mentioned Aislynn Tolman-Hill, spokesperson for the Utah County Well being Division. “Every day appears to be extra of a slowdown of seeing that 70 and older inhabitants signing up for appointments.”
Workers with the Utah County Well being Division labored to fill empty appointments on Friday. Utah Valley Hospital even lifted the residency requirement and did not require an appointment.
“Everybody that we get is one much less that wants to enroll,” Tolman-Hill mentioned. “In order that’s one thing that we positively are involved about between now and March 1st, till that point that we transfer into that subsequent precedence inhabitants.”
Beginning in March, Utah is anticipated to permit these 65 and older to get the vaccine.
“We might completely be prepared to maneuver on to that subsequent precedence group sooner if they might allow us to,” mentioned Joshua Greer, spokesperson for the Bear River Well being Division. “We’re to that time.”
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Along with Utah County, the Bear River Well being Division, which covers three counties within the northern a part of the state, additionally reported having a tough time filling appointments.
“Our appointments the final week of February nonetheless have not stuffed,” Greer mentioned. “So we’re in that very same boat that Utah County is in.”
On Friday, the Bear River Well being Division needed to work shortly to search out folks to return to the vaccine clinic after a whole bunch did not present up for appointments earlier within the week.
“We have all this vaccine out of the freezer,” Greer mentioned. “It must be used this week so it would not go to waste.”
In an effort to fill appointments for the approaching weeks, each well being departments are hoping that the general public will assist unfold the phrase to those that are 70 and older that it is by no means been simpler to get the vaccine.
“It is turning into tougher and tougher to search out folks in that class to enroll and to take these doses,” Greer mentioned.