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COVID-19 vaccine may be delayed for Utah educators

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Posted at 5:14 PM, Dec 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-23 19:14:36-05

SALT LAKE CITY  — The Utah Department of Health is warning local school districts that distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine might be delayed.

The agency is starting to notify them that projections for it to be offered to teachers and school staffers might not happen by mid-January, as earlier expected. Instead, it might happen in mid-to-late January.

"Getting doses of vaccine to the school districts remains a top priority," UDOH spokesman Tom Hudachko told FOX 13. "The weekly vaccine allocations are fluid and constantly changing, and ultimately determine how soon we can get them to the districts."

Recently, the state has found it is getting fewer shipments than anticipated. Health care workers have been in the first wave of vaccinations. From there, the state's plan has been to branch out to long-term care facilities, educators, then essential workers.

Governor Gary Herbert told FOX 13 on Monday that he expected the general public would be offered the vaccine by April.