Salt Lake health officials discuss the timeline for vaccination appointments

SALT LAKE CITY – Starting today, individuals 16 years old and older with qualifying medical conditions can schedule a COVID-19 vaccination in Salt Lake County.

Schedule a vaccination appointment

The Salt Lake County Health Department re-implemented a tiered age system for vaccination after Governor Spencer Cox announced last week that it would ease restrictions. People aged 55 and over with qualifying conditions could make an appointment from Thursday, February 25th, and then the age requirement decreased by 10 years each subsequent day.

COVID-19 vaccine appointments can be booked at

Eligible are persons over 65 years of age or persons between 16 and 64 years with qualified illnesses. Please ensure that you are authorized before making an appointment.

List of qualifying diseases:

– Salt Lake County (@SLCoGov) February 27, 2021

Aside from lowering the age requirements for people with certain medical conditions, the announcement also enables Utahns to get a COVID-19 vaccine anywhere in the state, regardless of where they live.

Relaxation restrictions

Nicholas Rupp of the Salt Lake County Health Department says the new vaccination guidelines have taken the strain off her a lot.

“I think it was better for Salt Lake Counties to be able to say Tooele County or Davis County,” he said.

Having less demand, he says, has made it easier for people to schedule an appointment and get the vaccine on time.

“Today, on Monday, we expect appointments to be available at the end of this week and in the next week,” said Rupp. “That should not be a problem.”

Salt Lake County also reorganized its vaccination scheduling system and implemented the nationwide system. Users have to create an account and can then cancel or reschedule appointments themselves.

Salt Lake Health also expects some private providers such as Intermountain Healthcare and University of Utah Health to receive limited doses of the vaccine at some clinical sites in Salt Lake County.

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