As vaccine availability continues to outpace demand in Utah, organizations like churches or businesses will now be able to sign up to host mobile vaccine clinics.
“We will come to you and at no cost to your organization,” said Gov. Spencer Cox during his press conference on Thursday. Organizations like businesses, employers, churches, or community groups can go to coronavirus.utah.gov to request a free, mobile clinic.
The hope is that bringing the vaccine to where people already are will make it easier for those who have not been vaccinated to access the service.
“We hope to have an overwhelming response,” Cox said. “Which means if we don't have enough people or enough doses, be patient. If we can't get to you this week, we'll schedule you for next week or the week after that. We'll prioritize as we can, again, based on geography, based on equity, based on the number of people that your organization has.”
Both Cox and state epidemiologist Dr. Angela Dunn said that vaccine distribution is the reason Utah is not seeing a third spike of COVID-19 cases and will be important to long-term public health.
“If we want to prevent another surge from happening in the fall, we all need to get vaccinated when we're eligible,” Dunn said.
And for those who are already vaccinated?
“It's okay to act like it,” Cox said. “It's a good thing. Spend some time with your friends and family and loved ones. Do some things that maybe you haven't been able to do over the past year. And please enjoy that vaccinated status.”