Utah Department of Health Partners With Healthcare Providers To Expand COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution
Summit County residents will now have access to the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at the Park City Hospital in addition to the local health department.
With the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine officially online and an anticipated increase in shipments of both the Moderna and Pfiezer vaccines, the Utah Department of Health announced a partnership with the University of Utah Health, Intermountain Healthcare and Nomi Health.
Communications Director of the department Tom Hudachko said they announced the partnership to prepare for the increase in vaccines.
"The indications are that for next week, we could see our Moderna prime doses - so the first doses of Madoerna - double and our first doses of Pfizer could more than double so we are expecting to receive significantly more vaccine in the state in the coming weeks," Hudachko said. "That's why we need to rely on additional partners to be able to get those doses out to the community.
This week Utah is expecting to receive about 122,000 doses of the three vaccines.
By partnering with these healthcare providers, he said they will complement the efforts of the health department.
"These partners will increase our reach throughout the state, they will be able to offer large scale vaccination clinics in some areas where we are currently unable to do so," he said. "They have established relationships with many residents in the state who have underlying medical conditions. They obviously have infrastructure in place in terms of both physical and personnel."
Intermountain Healthcare will be receiving a limited supply of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine this week, and the Park City Hospital will offer it.
With all the new partners now online, Hudachko says people can make appointments through coronavirus.utah.gov or through any of their partner’s websites.
The current eligible groups for the COVID-19 vaccine in Utah include, healthcare providers, long term care facility workers, K-12 school teachers and staff, Utahns 65 or older and residents with certain underlying medical conditions.