Utah’s vaccine rollout has been ‘slow,’ says the state official leading it

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In the first two weeks that Utahns have been receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, not everything has gone according to plan, said the state official in charge of distribution.

“The initial rollout of the vaccine has been slow, OK?” Rich Lakin, immunization program manager for the Utah Department of Health, said at a news briefing Wednesday. “Really, slower than what we had anticipated, and slower than what we wanted. But we are picking up some steam.”

From Dec. 15, when the first doses were administered at University of Utah Hospital and LDS Hospital, through the Christmas weekend, a total of 17,543 doses of the vaccine were administered in Utah — almost all to front-line health care workers.

Part of that slow start, Lakin said, is the sheer size of the operation.

“We have not given our health systems this large a quantity of vaccines before,” Lakin said.

Continue Reading on The Salt Lake Tribune


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