SALT LAKE CITY – Gov. Spencer Cox said Utah will begin receiving the newly approved vaccine from Johnson & Johnson on Wednesday.
“Many have suffered from this pandemic,” Cox said. “A third licensed vaccine tells me that even in some of our darkest times, miracles still happen.”
The vaccine is licensed for people 18 and older, but Utah’s vaccines will be distributed according to eligibility standards already in place, according to Cox’s office.
The Utah Department of Health is working to correct an error that allowed 7,200 ineligible Utahns to schedule vaccine appointments.
“An error in Vaccinate.Utah.Gov’s registration system allowed residents of Utah who are not currently eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine to schedule appointments,” the department said in a report. communicated. “About 7,200 people who did not meet the eligibility criteria were able to make appointments.”
Non-qualifying appointments will be canceled within the next 24 hours, depending on the statement, and email notifications will be sent to those whose appointment has been canceled.
Several people discovered the error on social media and have already canceled their appointments, health officials said.
“We apologize for this error and for any confusion it has caused. Eligibility criteria for the COVID-19 vaccine can be found on coronavirus.utah / gov / vaccine,” the statement said.
Those who believe their appointment was canceled in error should contact the health department where they scheduled their appointment or try to schedule their appointment online.