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Utah expects to receive COVID-19 vaccines Monday

Posted at 10:47 PM, Dec 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-13 00:59:00-05

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah will receive its first shipment of the newly-approved COVID-19 vaccine on Monday.

The Utah Department of Health received notice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that the first shipment will arrive Monday, the state's coronavirus response team tweeted Friday night. The second shipment is expected to arrive Tuesday.

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The news comes just hours after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization for the vaccine, which is being manufactured by Pfizer and BioNTech.

Health workers and nursing home residents are first in line to receive the vaccine. It was not specified how soon after receiving the shipments that the vaccinations would begin, however.

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Teachers are expected to be among those next on the list. In Utah, they may receive it in late December or in early January, Gov. Gary Herbert announced this week.