Health departments and other authorized organizations managing COVID-19 vaccinations will announce the availability of vaccines and who is eligible based on criteria outlined by the state.
Vaccine appointments are no longer restricted within the county you live in. Those who are eligible may schedule an appointment anywhere the vaccine is available. Utah County Health Department has an online appointment scheduling system. Residents can receive text alerts regarding vaccine availability and who is eligible for each phase by texting UCHEALTH to 888777 (enter 888777 in the recipient field, with UCHEALTH in message). Notifications will be sent letting you know when appointments are available. If you choose not to receive text alerts, you may check the scheduling system periodically for new appointments. If you need more assistance or lack internet availability, please call the Utah County Health Department COVID Help Line at 801-851-HELP (4357).
Healthcare workers, long-term care facility staff and residents, first responders, K-12 teachers, and school staff,* and ages 65+ are currently eligible for vaccines, as well as ages 16+ with specific health conditions. Please note that 16 and 17-year-olds are only approved for the Pfizer vaccine so check the list on the state website of locations that have the Pfizer vaccine. More appointments will continually be added as the vaccine supply is replenished. This post will be updated as additional eligible groups are announced. It is projected to take through May or June to get vaccines to everyone who wants one but the state is working to expedite distribution as much as possible.
Vaccine Appointment Scheduling How-To Guide
*A separate process is in place for K-12 school staff. Vaccine coordination is being managed through districts and schools. Staff should get information through their place of employment.
On February 11, the State of Utah announced a statewide volunteer effort for those who are willing and able to assist in their vaccination operations. Anyone who wants to help can sign up at utahresponds.org.
There is an immediate need for vaccinators. Who can be a vaccinator? Physicians — MDs and DOs, Podiatrists, Pharmacists, Pharmacy Interns, Pharmacy Technicians, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, Registered Nurses and Licensed Practical Nurses, Temporary Graduate Nurses and Temporary Registered Nurse Apprentices, Medical Assistants. Certified Medication Aides, Certified Nurse Midwives, Respiratory Therapists, Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Optometrists, Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants, Paramedics, Advanced EMTs (AEMT), and Certified nurse assistants (CNAs).
When you sign up at utahresponds.org, you can see the areas where help is needed, have your credentials verified, and then be given an assignment. Volunteers are asked to be willing to commit to at least a 4-hour shift.
Other volunteer positions are available. When you accept your volunteer assignment, you will receive further training, if needed, and be managed and deployed by that organization’s leadership.