SALT LAKE CITY — The first Utahns have received the COVID-19 vaccine outside of a clinical trial, officials said Tuesday.
The vaccination took place at the University of Utah Hospital on Tuesday morning. An intensive care unit nurse named Christy was the first person to receive the vaccine in Utah, U. health officials said on Twitter. At least two other health care workers were inoculated shortly after Christy, a Facebook live video shows.
Christy, a MICU nurse at U of U Health, is the first person in Utah to receive the COVID-19 vaccination. pic.twitter.com/brU0XtRmKs
— University of Utah Health (@UofUHealth) December 15, 2020
U. health officials are scheduled to speak at a press conference about the vaccinations at noon Tuesday.
Frontline health care workers are the first in line to get the vaccine this month. Residents and staff at long-term care facilities, as well as teachers, will also be in the first wave of Utahns to be inoculated, health officials said.
Intermountain Healthcare is also scheduled to begin vaccinations of workers this afternoon at LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City.
About 154,000 doses of the vaccine are expected to arrive in Utah this month.
This story will be updated.
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