Tammy Tucker, Moab Regional Hospital nurse, receives the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, administered by Darci Miller on Dec. 28. [Photo: Moab Regional Hospital]

All Utah adults will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccines on April 1, according to Utah Governor Spencer Cox. A statewide mask mandate will be lifted ten days later, though masks will still be required in Grand County under a local public health order.

Cox is expected to sign a bill that will lift the statewide mask mandate on April 10 after heated negotiations with state legislators who had planned to end the state’s mask mandate even sooner.

“Once it became clear that the Legislature planned to end the mask mandate immediately, and with a veto proof majority, our administration worked with them to push the date back to get as many people vaccinated as possible,” said Jennifer Napier-Pearce, Governor Cox’s spokeswoman.

The governor’s office anticipates having 1.5 million doses in the state by April 10, when the mask mandate will end — Napier-Pearce added that masks will still be required in schools and during large gatherings.