Utah opens up vaccine eligibility to Utahns 50+ and those with other health conditions

Mar 4, 2021, 11:08 AM | Updated: 1:13 pm
Gov. Cox announces more Utahns are eligible to get the vaccine...
Gov. Cox announces more Utahns are eligible to get the vaccine

SALT LAKE CITY– Utah Gov. Spencer Cox announced Thursday the state is expanding the number of Utahns who are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.


Effective Monday, March 8, the following groups will be eligible to make appointments for the COVID-19 vaccine: 

  • All residents 50 years of age and older 
  • 16 years and older with certain underlying health conditions 
  • Anyone with type I or II diabetes
  • Anyone who is obese and who has a BMI (body mass index) of 30 or higher 
  • Anyone with chronic kidney disease 

This is the largest group — 600,000 to 700,000 people — the state has added to its eligibility. The group also includes everyone who has a risk factor above 1 — basically everyone who is the most vulnerable to COVID-19.

Cox said if vaccine distribution continues on its current trajectory, all Utahns will be able to receive the vaccine by April. 

Vaccine updates 

Currently, at least 75% of Utahns 75 years and older have gotten at least their first dose of the vaccine, and 52% of Utahns between the ages of 65-69 have gotten at least one vaccine shot as well, Cox stated. 

More vaccine doses are on the way. Cox announced the state has been shipped 23,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, and the first vaccinations are expected to happen Thursday. 

Cox said the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is a game-changer.

“It gets the job done in one shot,” said Cox. “And that is so critical for many in our population.” 

Additionally, Cox said he is encouraged by a recent survey indicating 78% of Utahns are willing to get one of the three authorized vaccines.

“The best vaccine for you is the vaccine you can get first,” said state epidemiologist Dr. Angela Dunn.  

Last week, the state administered 660,444 doses of the vaccine, which is an increase of 125,079 doses from the previous week. 

To date, Utah has administered 785,523 doses. 

Vaccination roadmap 

Lt. Gov. Deidre Henderson announced the state has created a vaccination roadmap for Utahns in marginalized communities, such as Utah’s homeless population and rural areas.  

A look at the coronavirus numbers 

The state reported 611 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday. Since Wednesday, 7,286 more people were tested for COVID-19.

The rolling 7-day average for percent positivity of “people over people” is 10.0%, with an average of 558 positive cases per day. 

Currently, 203 residents are hospitalized due to COVID-19 complications, and 87 people have been admitted into intensive care units. The total number of hospitalizations since the outbreak totals 14,816. 

Another 12 Utahns have died from COVID-19 as of Thursday. Seven of the 12 deaths occurred before Feb. 11. Additionally, two previously reported deaths on Feb. 23 were retracted. 

Since the start of the pandemic, 1,965 Utahns have died from the virus. 

Today’s Top Stories

COVID-19-Utah response

BYU study COVID money...
Martha Harris

BYU study says ‘going cashless was useless’ during height of pandemic

Many businesses went to a cash-only model at the start of the pandemic. A recent BYU study found the effort made little impact.
2 months ago
Flags are ordered to be lowered...
Amie Schaeffer

Flags lowered to honor lives lost to COVID-19

In accordance with an order from President Biden, Gov. Cox authorized flags lowered through May 16. The order is meant to honor lives lost to the virus.
2 months ago
Utah national parks no longer have a mask mandate...
Chandler Holt

Masks no longer required in national parks

Since a federal judge struck down the CDC's transportation mask mandate, guests in national parks can choose if they'd like to wear a mask or not.
2 months ago
Photo of two 'mask required' signs...
Associated Press

CDC to extend federal travel mask mandate

CDC to extend travel mask mandate for two weeks to monitor uptick in COVID-19 cases.
3 months ago
Utah begings using wastewater to track components of the COVID-19 virus in communities...
Dan Bammes

Monitoring COVID-19 virus in Utah through wastewater

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah is monitoring levels of the COVID-19 virus components in sewage at wastewater treatment plants across the state. While it’s a useful early warning system, Utah’s state epidemiologist says it’s just one of the tools they have for monitoring COVID-19 infections in the community. Last year, when the Delta variant showed […]
3 months ago
(A testing site operated by Nomi Health across the street from UDOH headquarters.  Photo: Paul Nels...
Paul Nelson

Federal health officials investigating Utah-based company over COVID-19 testing

A Utah-based company is being investigating for claims of substandard conditions at COVID-19 testing sites.
3 months ago

Sponsored Articles

Tax Harassment...
Jordan Wilcox

The best strategies for dealing with IRS tax harassment | You have options!

Learn how to deal with IRS tax harassment. This guide will teach you how to stop IRS phone calls and letters, and how to handle an IRS audit.
spend a day at Bear Lake...
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

You’ll love spending the day at Bear Lake | How to spend a day at Bear Lake

Bear Lake is a place that needs to be experienced. Spend a day at Bear Lake.
Curb Appeal...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

How to have the best of both worlds for your house | Home security and curb appeal

Protect your home and improve its curb appeal with the latest security solutions like beautiful garage doors and increased security systems.
Prescription opioids can be disposed of during National Prescription Take Back Day...
Know Your Script

Prescription opioid misuse | How to protect your family from the opioid epidemic

Studies have shown that prescription opioid misuse has increased since COVID-19. So what do you need to know about these opioids?
national heart month...
Intermountain Healthcare

National Heart Month: 5 Lifestyle Changes to Make Today to Keep You Heart Healthy

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. One person dies every 36 seconds in the United States from cardiovascular disease
Joseph Smith Memorial Building...
Temple Square

The Joseph Smith Memorial Building is an icon of Salt Lake City | Why hosting an event at this beautiful location will make you a hero this year

Here's why hosting an event at the iconic Joseph Smith Memorial Building in downtown Salt Lake City will make you a hero this year.
Utah opens up vaccine eligibility to Utahns 50+ and those with other health conditions