Gary Herbert is scheduled to make an announcement on Tuesday that will set the stage for the first state-sponsored immunization schedule for children for the next several years.
It’s the first time Utah will start making official vaccine schedule announcements.
The announcement will be made at a press conference that will be livestreamed on the governor’s Facebook page.
The governor said Tuesday afternoon that he had received “thousands” of letters of support for his decision to make the schedule public.
“I have received thousands of letters from people who are concerned about the schedule,” Herbert said.
“They are asking, ‘How can I have confidence in the vaccine schedule?’
I have to say, ‘We are not a vaccine denier state, and we are not an anti-vaccine state.’
But we have to make sure that we can provide the vaccines that we need to protect our kids from these infections that have been devastating for so many.
I want to be absolutely clear: I am not putting my trust in the vaccines, and I will not put my trust to those who are putting their trust in those vaccines.”
The schedule was scheduled to go into effect in March 2019, but the governor delayed the date to ensure more time to analyze the results of the vaccine trial.
According to the governor, his schedule includes a total of 16 vaccine doses, which will be administered in pairs to children between six months and 11 years old.
Utah’s vaccine schedule is based on the results from the state’s previous vaccine trial, which enrolled more than 2,000 children between the ages of six months to nine years old and covered nearly three million doses.
While the vaccine is already approved by the Food and Drug Administration, it will still be a few months before the vaccine has become available for children in Utah.
A spokesperson for the governor said that while the governor has not finalized the schedule, the governor is confident that his schedule will provide Utah with the best shot at protecting its children against the coronavirus.
With more than 3 million doses in the pipeline, it’s unclear how many of the children will need the vaccine before the governor can make the announcement.
More than 1.5 million children have already received at least one dose of the Utah vaccine, and more than 900,000 people have already been vaccinated.
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