Bring It Home!
Since the FDA authorized COVID-19 vaccines for use in individuals 12 and older, more than 1.5 million Utahns have received their first dose! As a pediatrician by training, this has been one of the most exciting developments in our pandemic response.
These vaccines are exceedingly effective. As of March 23, when all Utahns 16 and older became eligible to receive the vaccine:
• There have been 27,017 total COVID-19 cases identified in Utah. 96.9% (n=26,205) of them have been unvaccinated people..
• There have been 1,532 people hospitalized. 95.2% (n=1,459) of them were unvaccinated.
• And there have been 110 deaths. 98% (n=108) of them were unvaccinated.
As of June 14, 64% of Utahns 18 and older have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. We need to do more to make sure all Utahns take advantage of the opportunity to become vaccinated. As healthcare providers, you are among the most trusted voices people consider when making the decision about whether to vaccinate themselves and their children. Utahns are looking to you to help them make this important decision.
Today, we are writing to ask you to help us “Bring It Home!” because we are so close, and the promise of achieving community immunity is within reach. Utah and the nation has set a goal of vaccinating at least 70% of adults 18 and older by July 4. Your leadership is crucial to helping us not only accomplish this important goal, but also to avoid a COVID-19 resurgence. We know July 4 is only a few weeks away, but this strategic goal is achievable -- especially if you will join us in a flash campaign to promote and support vaccinations in your practices. Read more...
Please take a moment to look through the following materials provided by UDOH and see how you can incorporate them into your messaging, encouraging all eligible Utahns to get vaccinated - soon!