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Utah firefighters, paramedics begin receiving COVID-19 vaccine

Posted at 12:22 AM, Dec 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-30 02:22:24-05

Local firefighters and paramedics have begun receiving the coronavirus vaccine.

On Tuesday, at least three fire departments posted on Facebook about their first responders getting vaccinated.

"We’re thankful for this opportunity and looking forward to a better year in 2021," the South Salt Lake Fire Department wrote.

The Sandy City Fire Department added that it was "grateful for the opportunity to receive the COVID vaccine to help us continue to respond to calls and the citizens of Sandy."

Firefighters, paramedics and EMTs in Lehi have also started vaccinations.

"This is an important step towards protecting the community, first responders, and our families," the Lehi Fire Department wrote. "The health and well-being of our first responders is a high priority and is essential in our ability to continue to provide the highest level of service to Lehi City."

Firefighters, paramedics and EMS workers are among the "1B" phase of the vaccine rollout in Utah. Others in the group include non-hospital health care staff, long-term care facility staff and residents, frontline public health staff, and other first responders including police. Click here to view the current plan.

"Utah’s COVID-19 Vaccination Plan will likely change as more vaccines become available, more people are vaccinated, and timelines become more clear," the state's coronavirus website says.

(Note: Other fire departments in addition to the three listed in this article likely received the vaccines Tuesday as well, and just may not have had public posts seen by FOX 13 staff.)