Mother Who Knows
Date: March 11, 2021 03:40AM
I don't know how you can get around the rules. My elderly mother had to wait until the school teachers got vaccinated, and it was a very slow process. You probably won't have to wait longer than a month, as things are going now.
Try "slco.org." Sign up with the county where you live (We're in Salt Lake County), and also keep checking all the drug store websites. Some places make appointments ahead of time. The 40 and over category comes up on April 1, I believe, but you should start trying for an appointment right now. Just keep on checking the websites, several times a day, and at night. That's what we did. Mom gets her final shot Friday
Governor Cox announced my eligibility group was coming up, two weeks ahead, and I immediately started trying for an appointment. I recommend you use the websites instead of the phone. The Salt Lake County website had crashed, so I tried phoning for 4 hours, and got a busy signal. 4 hours later, the website came back on, and I had to rush to get an appointment. You need to work very fast on the websites, because the appointments fill up as you are clicking on them. I kept clicking and failing, until I finally got an appointment on the last day, 5 weeks down the road. The appointment was with slco.org, Salt Lake County, at the Maverick Center, where you can stay in your car. It takes 30-45 minutes.
Like you, I didn't want to wait a long time, so I kept trying the drug stores--Wallgreen's, Walmart, and Smith's. The links to these stores are included on the "slco.org" website, now.
I went with Smith's Pharmacy, which uses the website
"Kroger.com", and I scrolled down to "Utah", and put in the local zip codes until I found a pharmacy which showed times available. Most Pharmacies were filled, but I found a time for the very next day, at a Smith's on the other side of the valley, and jumped all over that!
If you do this, be sure to cancel the appointment you don't intend to keep.
Utah used to have a rule that you had to stay within your own county, but I believe that is no longer the case. You could try to call Wasatch County, Midway and Heber; or try Wasatch County, Park City, or some other smaller county. They have announced that there are extra shots available in Utah County.
I had to get an emergency flu shot, one year when they were scarce, so that I could help take care of my newborn grandchild, so I drove from SLC to Coalville at 5:00 am, to stand in line in the freezing cold, and I was happy to do it!
Don't get discouraged!