COVID-19 vaccination rates slowly climb in southwest Utah

The rate of people vaccinated against COVID-19 in southwest Utah continues to climb, but slowly, with the percentage of people who received at least one injection ultimately topping 50% over the past week in the Washington County.

According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 79,489 people, or about 44.82% of all residents living in Washington County, were fully vaccinated as of Monday. That number has increased by about 6,000 over the past month, as case rates and hospitalizations have increased due to the proliferation of the delta variant of COVID-19.

It is estimated that 51.2% of residents received at least one dose of the vaccine. Taking children and other ineligible residents out of the equation, the figure rises to 61.2%.

In neighboring Iron County, vaccines were being distributed at a slightly slower rate, with 21,278 people fully vaccinated, or about 47.6% of the eligible population, up about 2,000 from figures reported a months earlier. For the entire population with children included, the county was at 38.8%.

The CDC considers a person to be fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving a single dose injection (Johnson & Johnson) or a second injection (either Pfizer or Moderna).

However, the elderly were more likely to have received injections. For those 65 and over, the figure was 77.2% in Washington County and 80.9% in Iron County.

There have been 40 new deaths of residents of southwest Utah attributed to COVID-19 in the past month, including 13 in the last seven-week period reported by the Southwest Utah Public Health Department, which covers Washington, Iron, Kane, Beaver and Garfield counties. As of Friday, 53 area residents were still hospitalized for COVID-19.

Vaccination rate in Utah

So far, 1.95 million people, or 61% of Utah’s population, have received at least one dose of the vaccine, according to the Utah Department of Health. This meant 75.4% of people aged 12 and over. There were 1.75 million people fully vaccinated, or 67.7% of people aged 12 and over.

Vaccination rate by age in Utah

  • 12-18 years: 52.9% fully vaccinated.
  • 19-29: 58.6%
  • 30-39: 63.1%
  • 40-49: 71%
  • 50-59: 75.7%
  • 60-69: 82.6%
  • 70-79: 89.3%
  • 80 years and over: 83.7%

80% of American adults have at least one dose; children aged 5 to 11 and over

The first-dose vaccination rate of U.S. adults has reached 80 percent, and 70 percent of adults are fully immunized, the White House said Monday. Jeff Zients, the Biden administration’s coronavirus response coordinator, also said the government has acquired sufficient doses of the youth vaccine for the country’s 28 million children aged 5 to 11.

The Food and Drug Administration approved a Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine for this age group last week, and a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention panel will vote on it on Tuesday. The CDC is expected to officially approve the shots this week. Zients said some children could get the shot before the end of the week.

“The program will really hit its peak the week of November 8,” Zients said.

Many parents still have questions about the pediatric vaccine. Here are the answers from health experts.

Mandate deadline is approaching

The Biden administration’s controversial plan to force companies with more than 100 employees to require vaccination of their workers or require weekly testing lifted another hurdle Monday when the Office of Management and Budget completed its review regulatory. The plan also requires employers to give workers paid time to get vaccinated and paid sick leave to recover from any side effects.

The Federal Register will issue the temporary emergency standard “within the next few days,” the Department of Labor said in a statement. It is not known when the mandate would come into effect.

Biden announced the plan in September, and attorneys general of two dozen states quickly sent the White House a letter threatening to challenge the warrant in court.

Global death toll hits 5 million

The devastating human toll from the coronavirus reached another milestone on Monday when the worldwide death toll surpassed 5 million, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Nowhere in the world has the cost of life been higher than in the United States, despite the abundance of vaccines in the country. Even despite a decline in infections in recent weeks, the United States continues to experience about 1,400 daily deaths from COVID-19, which has killed 746,000 Americans.

The death toll in the United States has exceeded the estimated 675,000 Americans who died in the 1918 influenza pandemic, and the emergence of vaccines in late 2020 only slowed the pace of the COVID pandemic. 19.

The United States produces and administers three COVID-19 vaccines for free – Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson – that are highly effective in protecting people from serious illness, hospitalization, and death. But nearly a third of eligible people in this country are still unvaccinated, leaving the virus with many victims to infect and kill.

USA TODAY contributed to this report.

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