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Tracking the covid vaccine: Doses, people vaccinated by state

by Mary Sewell

According to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than half of the country’s population has received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Vaccination rates vary enormously across states: Some states have given at least one amount to two-thirds of the people, while others have given it to slightly more than one-third (see table of all states below). The country still has to vaccinate about 18 million adults to reach President Biden’s goal of 70 percent of adults with at least one vaccine by July 4.

National vaccination rates that peaked in mid-April at an average of 3.3 million doses per day have dropped in recent weeks to a rolling average getting down to about 1 million per day. All adults have been eligible for vaccines since April. Almost 17 million children, as young as 12, are now eligible for a coronavirus vaccine as well, following the Food and Drug Administration emergency authorization granted for the Pfizer-BioNTech two-shot regimen for adolescents.

Lack of demand may be the major challenge as adults who most want the shot have received it, so the campaign must now reach out to more hesitant people. Vaccines are driving covid-19 rates down, but risks remain high for unvaccinated people.

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Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require a follow-up shot three or four weeks after the first dose.

Note: The U.S. total includes doses provided to the Republic of Palau, Federated States of Micronesia, and the Marshall Islands, as US-affiliated Pacific Islands. The CDC is underreporting vaccinations in Utah by 100,000 people.

These charts show the percent of the population in each racial or ethnic group that has received a vaccine so far. Public health and government leaders said that racial and ethnic equity would be critical in distributing vaccines, but data collection on recipients’ race has been poor. The values in these charts are low because the CDC does not have race information for many vaccines. According to CDC data, a larger share of the White population has been vaccinated than Hispanic, Asian, or Black populations.

Alaskan Native and Native American populations have a higher vaccination rate due to larger shipments going to Alaska and vaccines being distributed through the Indian Health Service. The risk of hospitalization and death from covid-19 rises with age, and vaccination rates have followed that pattern, with prioritization for people in nursing homes and for older Americans. CDC’s county data updated daily shows finer detail on vaccination levels. Data is missing for states that have not given CDC detail on the home county of at least 85 percent of vaccine recipients.

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