Announcement comes just three and a half weeks after Governor Cox opened vaccine eligibility for Utahns age 70+
Summit County, Utah (February 12, 2021) – As of Thursday, February 11, appointment invitations have gone out to every age 70-and-older person who lives in Summit County and pre-registered with the Health Department to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Everyone in this age group who pre-registered with the Health Department should be able to book appointments by next week. This process was completed less than four weeks after Utah Governor Spencer Cox announced eligibility to this priority group.
“This is really remarkable, considering that until two weeks ago we were only receiving an average of 300-400 vaccines each week,” said Dr. Phil Bondurant, Summit County Health Department Deputy Director. “With the help of our community partners at the Utah Film Studio, our amazing volunteers, and dedicated staff, we are confident in our ability to deliver the vaccines we receive each week quickly and efficiently. We stand ready to increase throughput at the vaccine clinic as more doses become available.”
As of February 9, 2021, a total of 4,100 first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been delivered to the Summit County Health Department. Of those, 3,431 have been administered. The remaining 660 first doses will be administered within seven days of delivery.
Census data from 2018 indicates there are an estimated 3,500 individuals living in Summit County who are 70 or older. As of February 9, a total of 1,325 people living in Summit County age 70 and over have received their first dose with hundreds more scheduled to receive first doses in February and early March.
Utah is now fourth in the nation in the proportion of vaccines received that have been administered. Summit County ranks among the top three health districts in the state for number of vaccines given per capita. Thanks in part to the efficient infrastructure and facilities donated by the Utah Film Studio, the Summit County COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic has the capability to quickly scale operations based on vaccine supply.
If you or someone you know is 70 or older and has not received an email or a phone call from Summit County to schedule their vaccine appointment, please call the Summit County COVID-19 Hotline at 435-333-0050 to register.
Please note: the hotline will not be open Monday, February 15 in observance of President’s Day.