Utah Gov. Spencer Cox announced late last week that he plans to speed up COVID-19 vaccinations in Utah, adding new groups to the list of people who can receive the vaccine, the Deseret News reported. Cox outlined plans of an executive order to make sure this happens.
A total of 89,431 vaccine doses had been reported administered as of Friday, less than half of the just under 199,000 doses that have been delivered to the state since the first shipments arrived at Salt Lake-area hospitals in mid-December, according to the Utah Department of Health.
- “That’s still far below where we should be at this point,” Cox said.
- “There is nothing more important in all of our careers collectively than what we are doing right now. This is what the world has been waiting for. This is what we will be judged by, our ability to get these lifesaving and career saving and economy saving and health saving drugs out to the people who need them the most,” he added.
- “It is unacceptable to have vaccines sitting on the shelf and moving forward, I assure you, there will be no vaccines sitting on a shelf,” he said.
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