Utah health care workers administered 7,518 COVID-19 vaccines on Saturday, a smaller number than has been administered in previous days, though it remains unknown if decreased demand is to blame.
Weekend tallies are often smaller than weekdays, state data shows.
The Utah Department of Health estimates that 27.2% of all Utahns are now fully vaccinated, with another nearly 12% of people who have received at least one dose. This means that about 39% of all Utahns are believed to have at least some acquired immunity to the SARS-CoV-2 virus that is still rampant across the globe.
When considering only eligible Utahns, which is anyone age 16 and older, the health department reports that 36.6% of the state’s population has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
Another nearly 13% — now 395,431 people in Utah — have had COVID-19 infections, resulting in some natural immunity, bringing COVID-19 immunity rates in Utah to more than 50%.
Officials have said herd immunity isn’t achieved until a large portion of a community, at least 70%, becomes immune to a disease, making the spread of disease from person to person more unlikely. Utah’s mass-vaccination efforts have been not only to protect the population, but ultimately achieve herd immunity and eliminate the disease.
Another issue at hand is stamping out virus mutations and variants that seem to be making COVID-19 more contagious and therefore more deadly.
New data from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that millions of Americans, about 8%, have skipped the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine that the manufacturers say is required to achieve immunity. Even still, 92% of people in the U.S. who are getting the COVID-19 shots are reportedly getting fully vaccinated, the CDC reports.
In Utah, more than 41% of people who received the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine have been fully vaccinated; and 39% of people who got the Moderna shot have returned for the second dose.
The health department reports 86,223 people in Utah have received the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Another 281 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Utah on Sunday, as well as two more deaths caused by the disease. Gov. Spencer Cox said on Thursday that the data shows infections may have again plateaued in the state, resulting in a steady number of new COVID-19 cases each day.
The rolling seven-day average number of positive tests per day is at 383; whereas the number of people turning up with positive results is at 6.1%. The average percent positivity of all tests given is 3%, the health department reports Sunday.
The disease has claimed 2,182 lives in Utah.
The latest COVID-19 deaths include a Box Elder County man and a Salt Lake County woman, both between the ages of 65 and 84, who were both hospitalized at the time of their death.
There are 157 people being treated for COVID-19 at hospitals throughout Utah, up from 133 people who were hospitalized a week ago.
In all, the state has tested 2.53 million people and has administered 2,039,298 doses of COVID-19 vaccines.