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Gov. Cox Pleads With Utahns To Get Vaccinated At His Weekly COVID-19 Briefing

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Governor Spencer Cox pleaded with Utahns to get vaccinated as soon as they can at his weekly COVID-19 briefing. 

“Things are getting back to normal and case counts are coming down, and that’s great," he said. "But if you are not vaccinated, then you are still at risk. So please, please, please, please go out and get the vaccine.” 

Gov.  Cox emphasized the importance of still getting the vaccine even though Utah’s case counts are coming down.

He said no one in the state has died from getting the vaccine, and there has only been one COVID-19 related death of a fully vaccinated person in Utah.

“I have a friend who is in the hospital right now on oxygen, because that friend was waiting to get the vaccine, was going to get it, but just took too much time," he said.

Gov. Cox was joined by Lt. Gov. Deidre Henderson, and Dr. Michelle Hofmann, deputy director of the Utah Department of Health.

Lt. Gov. Henderson announced equity efforts in making the vaccine available in all communities is still a priority. She also announced there were more than 30,000 children ages 12 - 15 who have received their first dose.

Last week, 9% of 12 to 15 year-olds had received the first dose, and as of Wednesday 14.2% had received their first dose.

As of Thursday, the rolling seven day average of positive cases was down to 245 per day, which is down from 328 per day the week before.