Over 60% of eligible Utahns have at least one vaccine dose, but July 4 goal of 70% appears unlikely

The Utah Department of Health reports 249 new cases, two deaths on Sunday.

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Stickers are laid out as 12- and 15-year-olds get their vaccinations against COVID-19 at the Mountain America Expo Center in Sandy on Tuesday, May 18, 2021.

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The Utah Department of Health on Sunday reported that 1,567,927 Utahns have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. That number equates to 47.9% of all Utahns and 60.3% of those who are eligible.

Getting at least one dose into the arms of over 60% of eligible Utahns is good, but it does not appear that Utah will get to its desired goal of 70% by July 4. That benchmark echoes that of the national goal set by the Biden administration.

Per some back-of-the-napkin math on Twitter on Sunday morning from Salt Lake Tribune columnist Robert Gehrke, at its current pace, Utah would get to 70% in late August. Although, as Gehrke pointed out, the vaccination pace here is slowing.

On Sunday, the state health department reported 8,114 new vaccine doses administered, with the total number of doses now at 2,790,287.

Officials reported two new deaths Sunday, bringing Utah’s death toll to 2,330. Also, 249 new cases were reported; there have now been 411,610 cases reported since the start of the pandemic roughly 15 months ago.

Vaccine doses administered in past day/total doses administered • 8,114 / 2,790,287.

Utahns fully vaccinated • 1,345,433.

Cases reported in past day • 249.

Deaths reported in past day • Two, a Davis County man between the ages of 45 and 64, and a Utah County man between the ages of 65 and 84.

Tests reported in past day • 2,786 people were tested for the first time. A total of 4,092 people were tested.

Hospitalizations reported in the past day • 157. That’s 11 fewer than on Saturday. Of those currently hospitalized, 70 are in intensive care units, two fewer than on Saturday.

Percentage of positive tests • Under the state’s original method, the rate is 8.9%. That’s higher than the seven-day average of 8.1%.

The state’s new method counts all test results, including repeated tests of the same individual. Sunday’s rate was 6.1%, higher than the seven-day average of 5.3%.

[Read more: Utah is changing how it measures the rate of positive COVID-19 tests. Here’s what that means.]

Totals to date • 411,610 cases; 2,330 deaths; 17,271 hospitalizations; 2,761,298 people tested.