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Application Of Vaccination Alternates List Raises Fairness Concerns At USU

A recent decision to exclude Utah State University staff members from a COVID-19 vaccination alternates list offered to faculty has vexed some university employees.

According to an email from USU management on Feb. 23, the Bear River Health Department had received approval to include USU faculty working in the heath district to join an alternates list for vaccine appointments “regardless of age or preexisting conditions.”


“COVID-19 vaccination efforts in Utah have been focused on specific groups (primarily by age or profession) to this point in the pandemic. While higher education faculty have not been prioritized in these efforts, our colleagues at Bear River Health Department (BRHD) are changing that. This change is coming about in part due to the excellent rapport that we have established with BRHD and our communications about our concern for our faculty,” the email states. Read the rest of the story on


This story is made possible thanks to a community reporting partnership between The Herald Journal and Utah Public Radio.