SALT LAKE CITY — Utah has hit a major milestone for vaccinations.
Governor Spencer Cox's office announced on Tuesday that 70% of those over the age of 18 have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. The governor's office said that numbers kept by the Utah Department of Health showed the state around 65%. But when you factor in services like the VA hospital, tribal services, U.S. Department of Defense, etc., we climb to 70.2%.
Utah also has a very young population and it was only fairly recently that the CDC allowed vaccines to be given to people over the age of 12. In fact, roughly one-third of the state's population is under 18.
In a post on Twitter, the governor's office praised UDOH and local health departments for their work to get people vaccinated.
We also can’t thank our local health departments enough.— Utah Gov. Spencer J. Cox (@GovCox) July 6, 2021
They scrambled to take the lead on setting up mass vaccine sites all across the state, and they continue to provide vaccines in their communities. 11/