Vernal, UT May 12, 2021 – TriCounty Health Department (TCHD) is partnering with other local health departments in Utah to have a supply of Pfizer vaccine for the next steps in vaccinating the tri-county area. TCHD announces the next steps in the COVID-19 vaccine have been approved. TCHD will begin offering vaccine to youth ages 12 -15 with available Pfizer vaccine beginning May 12, 2021.
The newly added age group for the Pfizer vaccine allows TCHD the opportunity to have Pfizer on hand for those 12 years old and older, giving the opportunity for entire families to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
“This is an important step in our response and brings us one step closer to stopping the spread of COVID-19 in the Basin area,” TriCounty Health Officer Kirk Benge, said. “Vaccination is the best way to prevent illness and spread. The more people in our community that get vaccinated, the less this virus can jump from person-to-person and cause illness. Nationwide we are seeing that communities that are getting vaccinated are seeing decreases in hospitalizations and disease spread, and are getting back to normal. I want to encourage all parents to have any eligible person in their household get vaccinated, even if they think they may have already had COVID. Getting a vaccine is the best way to boost our natural immunity and stop the spread of COVID in our community.”
TCHD will hold events for ages 12 and older (Pfizer), on May 12 at Lowe’s in Vernal, 3 pm-6 pm (18 and older may request Moderna and Johnson & Johnson).
Additional events on May 13 at Uintah High School, Vernal, 3pm-5pm and May 14 at Union High School, Roosevelt, 3 pm-5pm.