Utah Gov. Spencer Cox announced Thursday that the state will open up vaccine distribution to every adult in the state as of next Wednesday.
“There will not be vaccine available for everyone in the state, I want to be clear about that,” he noted, but he said the state wants to ensure demand outpaces supply.
Cox said people should not schedule their vaccine slots until next Wednesday, so the local health departments and vaccine distribution partners can get their systems ready for a wave of people requesting appointments.
“Please be patient,” he said, noting that phone lines may back up.
“We are heading in the right direction,” he said.
The announcement came during his monthly press conference with PBS Utah, during which he is expected to address the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and vaccine rollout.
The televised event comes on the heels of Cox’s first legislative session as governor and as new cases of COVID-19 began to rise again in Utah on Wednesday after declining to a nine-month low at the beginning of the week. At the same time, the state health department reported recently that more than 1 million doses of the vaccine had been administered in the state.
The Salt Lake Tribune will update this report