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COVID-19: More than 5.9 million vaccines have been distributed in Utah. That’s how much the state actually handed out


It has now been 62 weeks since the first shipments of the COVID-19 vaccine were sent to states, kicking off the biggest vaccination campaign in human history. As of February 24, 688,186,745 doses of vaccine have been sent across the country, equivalent to 209.7% of the US population.

While the initial distribution of the vaccine took longer than federal projections indicated, in recent months the United States has made great leaps in the global race to administer the vaccines – and some states are walking away. come out much better than others. Under the current system, led by the White House COVID-19 Response Team, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sends states limited shipments of vaccine along with funds and instructs them to distribute the vaccine in accordance relatively loose federal guidelines.

Each state has developed its own deployment plan, prioritizing different age groups and categories of essential workers. The combination of policy and logistical challenges across the country has resulted in wide variations between states in both the percentage of vaccines administered and the percentage of population vaccinated.

In Utah, 84.8% of allocated vaccines were administered to residents as of Feb. 24, which is higher than the national average of 80.2% and the eighth-largest share of any state.

Administered doses amount to 157.9% of the state’s population, which is lower than the national figure of 168.1% and the 25th-largest share of any state.

While a majority of Americans are still unvaccinated due to a lack of supply, some are not considering getting a vaccine at all. According to a US Census Bureau survey, 64.4% of US adults 18 and older who have not yet received the vaccine are unlikely 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 are unlikely or definitely not going to receive a vaccine in the future, the second highest share of any state. The most commonly cited reason for not wanting a vaccine is fear of possible side effects. Other commonly cited reasons include believing they don’t need a vaccine, not trusting the government, and thinking COVID-19 isn’t a big threat.

To determine how states are doing with rolling out the vaccine, 24/7 Wall St. looked at data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. States were ranked by the number of vaccines administered in a state as a percentage of the number of vaccines distributed to that state by the federal government as of February 24. Data on confirmed COVID-19 cases as of February 24 came from various states and local health departments and were adjusted for population using data from the US Census Bureau’s 2019 American Community Survey. Data on the percentage of adults who are unlikely or definitely not to receive a COVID-19 vaccine and their reasons for not receiving one come from the Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey, conducted from December 29, 2021 to January 10, 2022.

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