Vaccine hesitiancy

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Across Utah, the number of adults fully immunized against the coronavirus is approaching 1 in 3, putting the state just above national averages. More than 70% of seniors statewide have been vaccinated.

But some rural counties are lagging far behind, according to state data obtained by The Salt Lake Tribune, with fewer than half of their seniors fully inoculated — even though they have been eligible for weeks, and Utahns age 70 and up have been eligible since mid-January.

Health officials chalk up the disparities to both challenges in accessing vaccine and less interest.

But more Utah pharmacies will be providing shots through partnerships with federal agencies, said Tom Hudachko, spokesman for the Utah Department of Health, to meet President Joe Biden’s promise that at least one vaccine provider is within 5 miles of 90% of Americans by Monday. Because 85% of Utah’s population lives along the Wasatch Front, he noted, state health officials believe Utah already meets that standard.

This article is published through the Utah News Collaborative, a partnership of news organizations in Utah that aim to inform readers across the state. For full article click here.

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