Everyone 18+ eligible for booster shots in Utah 

Nov 18, 2021, 5:00 PM | Updated: 9:55 pm

Salt Lake City – Every adult Utahn can now roll up their sleeve for a COVID-19 booster vaccine, and healthcare professionals recommend it as soon as possible. Governor Spencer Cox made that announcement Thursday and has already received his booster.  

Vaccine providers statewide should be able to begin administering the boosters Friday. 

Right now, all Utah communities are seeing high transmission rates of COVID-19 and that can lead to breakthrough cases.  

If you’re fully vaccinated, health professionals recommend you get your booster. If you’re not, it’s time to plan that first shot. 

“If you want to avoid the disease, you should get boosted,” said Dr. Michelle Hofmann, deputy director of the Utah Department of Health. 

Any Utahn 18 and older who received a second dose of either Pfizer or Moderna more than six months ago is eligible. Adults who received the Johnson and Johnson vaccine more than two months ago are also eligible for their booster. 

“It’s so confusing that no one knows if they qualify,” the governor said in his monthly PBS address. “So, we just want to make it very simple, especially as we’re heading into the holiday season.” 

Under CDC guidelines, and those here in Utah, boosters have only been available to adults who live or work in high-risk settings. Unfortunately, the state epidemiologist said, nearly all of us are at high risk for catching the virus. 

“The best way to get it under control and protect our population is to get everyone boosted because truly right now, in Utah, most people are at high risk just because we have so much transmission,” said Dr. Leisha Nolen, UDOH state epidemiologist. 

So far, 280,000 people have received booster doses since they were approved in August, about 60% of those eligible. The virus is still spreading, unvaccinated patients crowd our hospitals and even the fully vaccinated are at risk of mild or moderate disease if they get a breakthrough case. 

“The spread that we’re seeing right now says that herd immunity is not here. We need more,” Nolen said. 

Studies show immunity wanes over six to eight months but, the booster brings protection back to 95%. 

“Even in the first few days, your body is being reminded of what it is meant to fight off, and it should really have an effect very fast,” The state epidemiologist said. 

“We need everyone possible to get vaccinated who hasn’t yet in order to get through this crisis,” Hofmann said. “It’s impacting not just their own health but the health of all of our citizens who did the right thing and went ahead and got vaccinated already.” 

To plan your vaccination or your booster go to vaccinate.utah.gov to make an appointment. 

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Utah Vaccinations

Only 50% of Utans are vaccinated and cases are surging because of the Omicron variant BA.5. FILE PH...
Jed Boal

BA.5 variant driving new surge of Utah COVID-19 cases

President Joe Biden’s positive Covid case Thursday was a sober reminder that Utah is not done fending off COVID-19 in many communities.
23 days ago
FILE (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)...

US opens COVID vaccine to little kids; shots begin this week

The U.S. on Saturday opened COVID-19 vaccines to infants, toddlers and preschoolers. The shots will become available this week, expanding the nation’s vaccination campaign to children as young as 6 months.
2 months ago
FILE PHOTO (Photo by Alexandre Schneider/Getty Images)...

CDC recommends COVID-19 vaccines for children under 5

U.S. health officials on Saturday recommended COVID-19 vaccines for infants, toddlers and preschoolers — the last group without the shots.
2 months ago
Utah COVID testing site. Getty images...
Cary J. Schwanitz, KSL TV

New mobile COVID-19 testing sites open in Utah

With the summer travel season underway and a steady stream of people still testing positive for COVID-19, Nomi Health opened several mobile testing sites across Utah.
2 months ago
AURORA, CO - DECEMBER 15: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center investigat...
Jed Boal, KSL TV

Pfizer booster shot is now approved for children 5-11, here’s what a doctor advises

The CDC now recommends Pfizer COVID-19 booster shots for children ages five to 11. But, a leading pediatric epidemiologist suggests some parents may want to wait based on their summer plans.
3 months ago
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. 
5 months ago

Sponsored Articles

tips how to quit smoking...

7 Tips How to Quit Smoking | Quitting Smoking Might be One of the Hardest Things You Ever Do but Here’s Where You Can Start

Quitting smoking cigarettes can be incredibly difficult. Here are 7 tips how to quit smoking to help you on your quitting journey.
Photo: Storyblocks...
Blue Stakes of Utah 811

Blue Stakes of Utah 811: 5 Reasons To Call 811 Before You Dig When Working in Your Yard

Call before you dig. Even at home, you could end up with serious injuries or broken utilities just because you didn't call Blue Stakes of Utah 811.
Days of...
Days of '47 Rodeo

TRIVIA: How well do you know your rodeo? Take this quiz before you go to the Days of ’47!

The Utah Days of ’47 Rodeo presented by Zions Bank is a one-of-a-kind Gold Medal Rodeo being held July 20-23, 25 at 7:30 PM. The Days of ’47 Rodeo How well do you know your rodeo trivia? Take the quiz to test your know-all before heading out to the Days of ’47 Rodeo at the […]
cyber security through multi factor authentication setup...
Les Olson IT

How multi factor authentication setup helps companies stay safe

Multi factor authentication (MFA) setup is an important security measure that every company should implement for their workers. It’s also wise to install it for your personal and home accounts.
Lighting Design

Check out these stunning lamps with stained glass shades

Lamps with stained glass shades are statement pieces that are more than simply aesthetic. They also meet a functional requirement: to light up a room.
Address Bar of internet browser shows internet access...

Utah voters 50+ support increased access to Internet

The AARP surveyed Utah voters aged 50 plus about internet access and if they support the expansion of broadband, especially in rural areas currently lacking it.
Everyone 18+ eligible for booster shots in Utah