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 22, the United States has sent 686,948,505 doses of the vaccine across the country, equivalent to 209.3% of the American 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. The distribution of the vaccine is based on the size of the adult population in each state, which – according to some experts – can create inequalities in states where the spread of COVID-19 is worse and where a larger share of the population is. at risk.
Utah has received a total of 5,957,950 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine as of Feb. 22. Adjusted for population, Utah received 185,839.9 vaccines per 100,000 people, less than the national average of 209,282.7 vaccines per 100,000 Americans and 11th fewest of all states. .
While Utah has so far 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. 22, there were 28,610.0 confirmed cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 people in Utah — higher than the national rate of 23,648.0 cases per 100,000 Americans and the fifth highest of the 50 states.
While the federal government distributes vaccines to states, it is up to state governments to administer the vaccine, which creates variations in both the percentage of vaccines that have been administered and the percentage of the population that has been vaccinated. In Utah, 84.7% of allocated vaccines were administered to residents, which is higher than the national average of 80.2% and the 10th highest share of any state.
Vaccines administered represent 157.4% of the state’s population, which is lower than the national figure of 167.8% 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 was 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.