Utahns in southwestern Utah will not be able to schedule COVID-19 vaccinations until February after all of this month's sign-up times were filled on the first day they opened.
Residents who are 70 years or older were able to sign up starting Monday on their local health department's website.
But the Southwestern Utah Public Health Department (which encompasses Beaver, Garfield, Iron, Kane and Washington counties) announced early Monday evening that all of its January openings had already been signed up for.
"We understand how frustrating this is for many of our seniors," department spokesman David Heaton said. "We receive limited amounts of vaccine every week and are able to schedule every dose, but those slots go quickly. We ask for your patience... It will take many weeks to schedule and serve this age group."
Heaton said residents who are 70+ years old should check the department's website next week for February openings.
The press release issued Monday also said the department's site became overwhelmed and crashed due to the high demand, but they were able to set up a temporary sign-up page.
Next week, there is also expected to be a phone line available for those without internet to schedule vaccination appointments for February. That number will be (435) 986-2549.
Residents are only allowed to sign up in the county they reside in.
For all counties and regions in Utah, residents in the eligible age group can sign up through their local health department by clicking here.
Health care workers, long-term care facility staff and residents, first responders, K-12 teachers and school staff are also eligible.
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