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Where and how Utah seniors can sign up to get the COVID vaccine

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Utahns over the age of 70 are next on the list to receive COVID-19 vaccinations. But where, when, and how that happens varies by health department. (Photo: Getty Images)

Utahns over the age of 70 are next on the list to receive COVID-19 vaccinations. But where, when, and how that happens varies by health department.

Health departments were advised to make the vaccine available to people 70 and older starting Monday. Some health departments are letting seniors sign up this week — but there have been some issues.

Here's what to know about signing up for a vaccine appointment, depending on where you live:

Salt Lake County

People over the age of 70 can sign up for appointments when vaccines are available, but there is no wait list. The county health department advised those interested in getting the vaccine to regularly check its website for updates.

You can sign up for appointments at this link. The county advised it's adding extra servers to prevent the website crashing like it did Wednesday morning.

As of Wednesday, appointments for people 70 and older are full, and the department advises seniors to check back next week when there might be more doses available.

The health department said those who sign up and don't receive an email confirmation should email lmmsSuppport@slco.org.

Utah County

You can sign up to be notified about vaccine availability by texting UCHEALTH to 888777. Like Salt Lake County, Utah County will not have a wait list for appointments, it will be first come, first served.

Aislynn Thomas with the Utah County Health Department says she anticipates a notification for sign ups being sent out sometime this week. The text notification will include the day and time that the scheduling website will go live.

Updates are posted on the health department's website here.

Utah County notes that people who've tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days are "strongly encouraged" to wait another 90 days before getting the vaccine.

Davis County

Beginning at 8 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 15, residents 70+ can start making online appointments to get the vaccine. To sign up, visit the health department's website. Vaccinations will begin on Tuesday, Jan. 19.

Those scheduling an appointment online will need an email address and can schedule for up to two people.

For those who are visually impaired or do not have access to a computer or internet, they can receive help scheduling an appointment by calling 801-525-4900.

Southwest Utah (Washington, Iron, Kane, Beaver, and Garfield County)

People older than 70 can start booking appointments online starting Monday, 2News was told.

"We encourage people to keep trying every couple days if time slots are booked since it will likely take several weeks to schedule that age group and our vaccine shipments have been limited," David Heaton, the department's spokesman, wrote in an email to 2News.

The department's web page for booking appointments was not functional for at least two days this week, but appeared to be functioning again as of Thursday afternoon.

Bear River (Cache, Box Elder, and Rich County)

The health department will have its first vaccine clinic for people 70 and older on Thursday to distribute 300 doses of the vaccine that were a surplus from Logan Regional Hospital. Appointments for that clinic are already filled.

Bear River has an online appointment booking system for vaccine clinics. There will not be a wait list. Residents are encouraged to check the site regularly for updates, said spokesman Joshua Greer.

New appointments for people 70 and older will be available on Thursday at 6 p.m., according to the department's website.

Weber-Morgan

Residents of Weber and Morgan County over the age of 70 can schedule appointments using the health department's website. Appointments will be posted each Thursday, and residents are advised to check weekly for availability, according to the website.

Residents can also call the health department at 801-399-7777 to schedule an appointment.

Summit County

The health department's website doesn't specify when the first appointments for people 70 and older will start, but registration is open as of Wednesday night.

You can sign up for vaccine notifications from the Summit County Health Department here. The link to sign up for vaccinations if you're older than 70 is here.

Wasatch County

Starting Monday, people over the age of 70 can receive the vaccine in Wasatch County, according to the health department's website.

Appointments will be scheduled over the phone by calling 435-657-3276 during business hours.

"You must schedule your appointment ahead of time - do not just show up without an appointment," a notice states.

Vaccines are limited and appointments are expected to fill up quickly. Residents are advised that "it may take a few tries to get an appointment."

Tri-County Health Department (Uintah, Duchesne, and Daggett County)

The Tri-County Health Department is collecting names and phone numbers for a waiting list of people age 70 and older, according to its website. The department started vaccinating K-12 school teachers and staff on Tuesday, so vaccines might not immediately be available for seniors.

People older than 70 in the Tri-County Health Department's jurisdiction can call 435-247-1177 to be put on the vaccine waiting list.

Tooele County

The Tooele County Health Department will start making vaccines available to residents older than 70 starting on Monday. The department advised that residents call to find out when vaccination clinics will be held.

It also noted that vaccine appointments must be made in advance and appointments will fill up quickly.

The department also asked that people who have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 90 days not get a vaccine "at this time."

Southeast Utah Public Health Department

COVID-19 vaccinations are available to people 70 and older in the health department's jurisdiction. More information is posted on the department's website here.

This report has been updated with additional information since it was first published.