Demand For Coronavirus Vaccine Dropping In Utah

May 5, 2021, 5:02 PM | Updated: 9:45 pm

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – More than half of Utah’s adult population has received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, but nationally and here in the Beehive State, demand has been declining.

When the vaccine first arrived in Utah in December, supply was limited and demand was high. Now that everyone in Utah age 16 and older is eligible for vaccination, fewer people have lined up.

Providers have adjusted their tactics.

“The more we can get that immunity in more and more people, the faster we’ll be able to go back to the things that we want to do,” said Dr. Richard Orlandi, University of Utah Health’s chief medical officer of ambulatory health.

With only 30% of all Utahns fully vaccinated, the average daily pace of vaccinations has slowed. The latest data from the Utah Department of Health showed the seven-day average for vaccinations peaked at just over 30,000 on April 10.

Nearly four weeks later, Utah’s daily vaccination average is down to 16,000.

Dr. Orlandi was also responsible for patient vaccinations at U of U Health.

“We think that… the large number of people who were enthusiastic about being vaccinated have gotten vaccinations,” Orlandi said. “Now, we are moving into a time where people are somewhat hesitant.”

He said people may be hesitant because they don’t trust the vaccines, or have other trust issues with health care largely based on misinformation. This did not come as a surprise.

“We knew that we would see a tapering at some point,” he said. “I think all of us in health care and in public health would have liked to have seen that tapering happening later, when a greater number of people have been vaccinated.”

He would have preferred to see something closer to 70% or 80%. As a result, he said Utah is still a long way from herd immunity.

“We anticipated this, so we are now pivoting to move into more of a one-on-one conversation where patients can speak with trusted providers,” Orlandi said.

He recommended people concerned about the safety and efficacy of the vaccines should talk with their doctor about its importance to protect themselves and others.

Several providers, including the Salt Lake County Health Department, have taken the vaccine directly into neighborhoods with mobile units – a strategy that leverages trusted community relationships to make people feel more comfortable than they might be at a mass vaccination clinic.

“The planning and execution of doing that is well underway and we will continue to see that in the next few weeks,” Orlandi said.

President Joe Biden set a national goal of at least one dose for 70% of all adults by July 4.

Utah Gov. Spencer Cox has expressed similar expectations that include gatherings for Independence Day.

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Utah Vaccinations

FILE (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)...
Jed Boal, KSL TV

Utah moves into ‘steady state’ of pandemic, many testing options are going away

Several major changes are coming for COVID-19 testing in Utah starting Friday, April 1. 
2 months ago
FILE PHOTO (Photo by Dan Kitwood - WPA Pool/Getty Images)...
ZEKE MILLER Associated Press

AP source: Pfizer seeking OK for 4th COVID dose for seniors

WASHINGTON (AP) — Drugmaker Pfizer is expected to request authorization this week for an additional COVID-19 booster dose for seniors, according to a person familiar with the matter. It would add a fourth dose to the regimen — currently, a primary series of two shots, followed months later by a booster dose — in an […]
2 months ago
Utah Gov. Spencer Cox (KSL TV)...
Jed Boal, KSL TV

Utah to downgrade from COVID-19 ’emergency response’

Governor Spencer Cox says it is time to transition from an emergency response to COVID-19 to what he’s calling a "steady state" response.  
3 months ago
State-run COVID-19 test sites like this one in Midvale are not using rapid tests until further noti...
Dan Rascon, KSL TV

State-run COVID-19 test sites stop rapid testing due to alarming number of false-negative results

If you are trying to get a COVID-19 rapid test don’t head to a state-run location. Starting on Monday all rapid antigen tests were put on hold due to an alarming number of false-negative results. 
3 months ago
Jed Boal, KSL TV

Some parents ready to vaccinate their kids younger than 5

Parents who are eager to get their kids under five years old vaccinated for COVID-19 may be able to plan that shot by the end of the month. Meantime, the omicron surge appears to be changing some minds about vaccination. 
4 months ago
Ashley Moser, KSL TV

Mother pleads for Utahns to get vaccinated after son possibly catches COVID in hospital

A Salt Lake mother is asking those who are not vaccinated against COVID-19 to get the shot after her toddler ended up testing positive for the virus in the hospital.
4 months ago

Sponsored Articles

Earth day 2022...

How Are You Celebrating Earth Day 2022? | 4 Simple Ways to Celebrate Earth Day and Protect the Environment

Earth Day is a great time to reflect on how we can be more environmentally conscious. Here are some tips for celebrating Earth Day.
Get Money Online...

More Ways to Get Money Online Right Now in Your Spare Time

Here are 4 easy ways that you can get more money online if you have some free time and want to make a little extra on the side.
Lighting trends 2022...

Lighting Trends 2022 | 5 Beautiful Home Lighting Trends You Can Expect to See this Year and Beyond

This is where you can see the latest lighting trends for 2022 straight from the Lightovation Show at the Dallas World Trade Center.
What Can't You Throw Away in the Trash...

What Can’t You Throw Away in the Trash? | 5 Things You Shouldn’t Throw in to Your Trash Can

What can't you throw away in the trash? Believe it or not, there are actually many items that shouldn't be thrown straight into the trash.
Make Money Online Easily...

4 Ways that You Can Make Money Online Easily in Just a Few Clicks

Here are 4 ways that you can make money online easily in no time at all! Some are as simple as just a few clicks away.
tips to winterize your home...
Bonneville Digital SLC

Tips to Winterize Your Home | The Top 5 Ways You Can Prepare for the Cold Utah Winter Ahead

Before the snow hits, here are the top 5 tips to winterize your home to prepare for the cold Utah winter this year.
Demand For Coronavirus Vaccine Dropping In Utah