Intermountain Healthcare is continuing to expand its vaccine rollout to hospital caregivers around Utah, and by Thursday evening more than 1800 will have received their first shot.

Hospitals are using a scheduling system to ensure vaccine appointments are spaced out so caregivers can maintain COVID-19 safety protocols for social distancing. After the initial shot, caregivers receive their second dose 21 days later.

Frontline healthcare workers say they’re thrilled to have this extra layer of protection while they help their patients.

“I am just really excited to get a vaccine so that I know that I can keep my family safe and keep our patients and their babies safe,” said Belinda Robinson, a labor and delivery nurse at Intermountain Utah Valley Hospital.

Several caregivers provided their own digital diaries, including:

  • Spencer Priest, Utah Valley Hospital nurse
  • Miles Hawley, MD, Utah Valley Hospital medical director
  • Belinda Robinson, RN, Utah Valley Hospital Labor and Delivery

These Intermountain hospitals are currently vaccinating caregivers:

  • LDS Hospital, Salt Lake City
  • Intermountain Medical Center, Murray
  • Dixie Regional Medical Center, St. George
  • McKay-Dee Hospital, Ogden
  • Utah Valley Hospital, Provo

More Intermountain hospitals are expected to begin vaccinating their caregivers in the coming days. Even after being vaccinated, people still need to follow all COVID-19 safety protocols by wearing a mask, social distancing, and washing their hands regularly.

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