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Utah educators now eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccine

Posted at 6:04 AM, Jan 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-11 09:09:33-05

SALT LAKE CITY — Beginning Monday, Utah's K-12 teachers and school staff members are now eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccinations.

Those eligible for vaccinations are urged to contact their school districts or local health departments to make arrangements.

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Canyons School District spokesman Jeff Haney spoke to FOX 13 about the process for providing vaccinations for Salt Lake County educators.

"This is a unified collaborative effort by the county health officials and the school districts in Salt Lake County. So, no matter where you teach, you drive a bus, serve a meal, or clean a school in Salt Lake County you can count on the same process being followed," Haney said. "The vaccines will be provided to oldest employees first. Each week, we'll extend an email invitation to eligible employees in descending order, depending on how many doses are provided to the health department."

Last week, Governor Spencer Cox signed an executive order to speed up vaccination timelines in the state. Local health departments are now taking charge of vaccine distribution, as they have the capability to conduct mass inoculations.

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