The data have shown that health professionals have distributed a smaller number of COVID19 vaccine doses on the last weekend than what has been administered on the previous day. Experts have said that only 7518 doses have been distributed the last weekend. They believe that it might be due to reduced demand. The state data have revealed that weekend tallies are often less than the weekdays. The Health Department of Utah has revealed that around 27.2 percent of people in the state have been fully vaccinated with the two doses. Another 12 percent of people have been given the first dose of the vaccine. This shows that around 39 percent of the state population might have some acquired immunity against the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which is still creating havoc around the world. Considering only those people who are eligible for the vaccine, who are in the age range of 16 years and above, the data shows that nearly 36 percent of people have been vaccinated with the full two doses of the vaccine against COVID19. Around 395431 people have been diagnosed with the infection in the state. Experts have said that prior infections might provide some protection to people, which means the rate of COVID19 immunity might be more than 50 percent in Utah.
The officials from the Health Ministry have said that herd immunity is achieved when nearly 70 percent of the population is vaccinated against the disease and becomes immune to infection. Therefore, it makes person-to-person transmission of the virus more unlikely. They have said that the vaccine rollout program in the state has not been designed only to protect people but it also focuses on achieving herd immunity and ultimately wiping out the disease completely. Health experts from the state have said that another challenge at hand is beating other mutations and variants of the virus that appear to be making COVID19 more infectious and deadly. On the other hand, the data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have shown that around 8 percent of people in the US are missing the second dose of their Pfizer-BioNtech or Moderna vaccine. Vaccine developers have said that the second dose is crucial for full protection from the virus. However, despite a handful of people missing their second dose of the vaccine, around 92 percent of people in the US are taking the COVID19 vaccines and being vaccinated with full two doses, said the CDC officials.
In Utah, more than 41 percent of people who have been given the COVID19 vaccine developed by Pfizer-BioNtech have been fully vaccinated. Around 39 percent of people who have received the Moderna COVID19 vaccine are now vaccinated with full two doses. As per the data released from the State Health Department, nearly 86223 people have been vaccinated with the single-dose COVID19 shot that has been developed by Johnson & Johnson. The latest data have revealed that another 281 cases of COVID19 have been reported in Utah on Sunday. Around two people have lost their lives due to the disease recently. Governor Spencer Cox has warned that the rate of infection might be rising in the state again leading to a steady number of new COVID19 cases every day. The seven-day average of new cases each day is 383, while the rate of positive tests is at 6.1 percent. Around 2182 people have lost their lives due to the disease since the pandemic has started. At present, around 157 people are admitted to the hospital in the state and are being treated for the disease, which is little more than the people who have been hospitalized last week. Nearly, 133 people have been hospitalized in Utah last week. Around 2.53 million people have been tested for COVID19 across the state. As per the report, around 2039298 doses of the COVID19 vaccine have been distributed so far in the state.