This Is How Many COVID-19 Vaccines Utah Has Received So Far
It has now been 43 weeks since the first shipments of the COVID-19 vaccine were shipped to the states, launching the largest vaccination campaign in human history. As of October 10, the US had shipped 487,277,035 doses of the vaccine nationwide – that’s 148.5% of the US population.
While the initial vaccine distribution took longer than federal projections suggested, the U.S. has made great strides in the global race to administer vaccines in recent months – and some states are faring far better than others. Under the current system, led by the White House COVID-19 Response Team, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are sending limited supplies of the vaccine and funding to the states and mandating them to distribute the vaccine according to relatively loose federal guidelines . The distribution of the vaccine is based on the size of the adult population in each state, which, according to some experts, can lead to inequalities in states where the spread of COVID-19 is worse and larger proportions of the population are at risk.
Utah has received a total of 4,125,880 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine as of October 10. When adjusted for population, Utah received 128,694.1 vaccines per 100,000 people – less than the national average of 148,451.7 vaccines per 100,000 Americans and the fifth fewest of all states.
While Utah has received fewer vaccines per capita than the country as a whole, the state has greater vaccine needs than the rest of the country. As of October 10, there were 16,118.4 confirmed cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 people in Utah – more than the national rate of 13,341.6 cases per 100,000 Americans and the 10th highest of any 50 state.
While the federal government distributes vaccines to the states, it is up to the state governments to administer the vaccine, which varies both the percentage of vaccines given and the percentage of the population vaccinated. In Utah, 85.4% of its allotted vaccines were given to residents, more than the national average of 82.5% and the ninth largest proportion of any state.
The vaccines administered make up 110.0% of the state’s population, less than the country’s 122.4% and the 19th smallest proportion of any state.
While the majority of Americans remain unvaccinated due to a lack of care, there are some who have no plans at all to get a vaccine. According to a survey by the US Census Bureau, 59.2% of US adults aged 18 and over who have not yet received the vaccine are unlikely to receive any, or definitely not, COVID-19 vaccine in the future. In Utah, 53.7% of adults who have not yet received the vaccine say they are unlikely to receive any vaccine, or will definitely not, the fifth smallest proportion of any state. The most common reason for not having a vaccine was concerns about possible side effects. Other common reasons cited are because they wanted to see if it was safe, didn’t trust the COVID-19 vaccines, and didn’t trust the government.