That’s how many COVID-19 vaccines Utah has received so far

2022-02-10

It has now been 60 weeks since the first shipments of the COVID-19 vaccine were sent to states, kickstarting the largest vaccination campaign in human history. As of February 8, the US has shipped 671,790,965 doses of the vaccine nationwide — equivalent to 204.7% of the US population.

While initial distribution of the vaccine has taken longer than federal projections indicated, the US has made great strides in the global race to deliver vaccines in recent months — and some states are doing far better than others. Under the current system, led by the White House COVID-19 Response Team, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sends limited shipments of the vaccine and funding to the states and mandates them to distribute the vaccine under relatively lax federal guidelines. The distribution of the vaccine is based on the size of the adult population in each state, which – according to some experts – may create disparities in states where the spread of COVID-19 is worse and a larger proportion of the population is at risk.

Utah has received a total of 5,857,550 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine through February 8. Adjusted for population, Utah has received 182,708.3 vaccines per 100,000 people — less than the national average of 204,664.9 vaccines per 100,000 Americans and the 14th fewest of any state.

While Utah has received fewer vaccines per capita than the nation as a whole, the state has a greater need for vaccines than the rest of the country. As of Feb. 8, Utah had 28,018.7 confirmed cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 residents — exceeding the national rate of 23,120.3 cases per 100,000 Americans and the fifth highest of any 50 states.

While the federal government distributes vaccines to the states, it is up to the state governments to administer the vaccine – leading to fluctuations in both the percentage of vaccines administered and the percentage of the population vaccinated. In Utah, 83.4% of the vaccines allocated were administered to residents, exceeding the national average of 81.0% and the 15th-largest proportion of any state.

Vaccines administered total 152.3% of the nation’s population, less than the 165.8% national figure and the 25th smallest proportion of any state.

While the majority of Americans remain unvaccinated due to lack of supplies, there are some who have no plans at all to get a vaccine. According to a US Census Bureau survey, 64.4% of US adults ages 18 and older who have not yet received the vaccine are either likely or definitely not to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in the future. In Utah, 80.8% of adults who have not yet received the vaccine say they will probably not or definitely not receive a vaccine in the future, the second-largest proportion of any state. The most common reason given for not wanting a vaccine was concern about possible side effects. Other commonly cited reasons include believing they don’t need a vaccine, distrust of government, and believing that COVID-19 is not a major threat.

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