While teachers in Tooele County are receiving COVID-19 vaccines, the health department is explaining the mild side effects that often accompany the vaccination.
The statewide vaccination plan calls for Utah teachers to receive COVID-19 vaccinations starting this week.
“On January 12 and 14 the Tooele County Health Department will be available to administer the vaccine to Tooele County School District employees who are 60 years of age or older,” said Marie Denson, TCSD communications director.
The county Health Department has scheduled specific dates and times for COVID-19 vaccination clinics for the remainder of teachers by school, including charter and private schools, between Jan. 19 and Feb. 2, according to Denson.
The vaccinations are optional for teachers.
Mild side effects from the COVID-19 are common. As the vaccine is distributed there have been reports of those mild side effects, but there is no need to fear the vaccine, according to Utah Department of Health officials.
“Many people are worried about how quickly the vaccines were developed and if they have any side effects. During the development of COVID-19 vaccines, safety was the top priority. No steps were skipped and the vaccines were rigorously tested,” the UDOH’s coronavirus website.
During the vaccine tests, it was reported that there were no safety concerns for any one group of people, according to the Utah Department of Health.
This means the vaccine is safe for people of all of the ages that were studied and for any race, ethnicity, those who have underlying medical conditions, and people who have already been infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, according to state health officials.
Health officials from UDOH said that while side effects from the vaccine are possible, the most important thing to remember is that the benefits of getting the vaccine outweigh the risks of the virus.
The COVID-19 clinical trials found that mild to moderate symptoms were pretty common within the first seven days of receiving the vaccine, according to state health officials.
The side effects were reported mainly after the second dose of the vaccine and were more common in those older than 55 years of age.
Mild or moderate side effects or symptoms observed following vaccination include; injection site pain, tiredness, headache, muscle pain, chills, fever, joint pain, injection site swelling or redness, nausea, feeling unwell and swollen lymph nodes.
As of Jan. 11, Tooele County has seen 5,155 cases of COVOD-19 since the beginning of the pandemic, according to the Utah Department of Health.
There have also been 147 hospitalizations and 13 deaths in the county.
On Jan. 7, Tooele County had 4,462 cases of the virus, 138 hospitalizations and 13 deaths, according to a report from the Health Department released weekly on Thursdays.
A total of 870 COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in the county so far, according to the report.
Health officials have recorded that statewide there have been 307,483 cases of the virus, 11,940 hospitalizations, and 1,396 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic in Utah, according to the report by the Utah Department of Health.