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Map: U.S. states are doing the best (and worst) at delivering COVID vaccines

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With the United States recording an average of more than 200,000 new cases of coronavirus per day, and the conditions of a grim COVID winter already upon us, the urgency to distribute and administer the vaccines available in the country is increasing every day. Until Tuesday January 12, about 27.7 million doses had been dispensed, according to CDC data, but only about a third of those – 9.3 million – had actually been administered. Most of these injections were the first injections given to healthcare professionals, residents and staff in long-term care facilities. (Some, including Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts have already received both doses.)

States are responsible for the distribution of their allocated vaccines, with the exception of those who visit long-term care facilities through the federal government’s partnership with pharmacies, including CVS and Walgreens. Of the 4.4 million doses distributed for use in long-term care facilities, 951,774 or 21.6% had been administered until Tuesday.

In the majority of states, only 2.8% of the population has received the vaccine. Arkansas, which has vaccinated 1.4% of its population, has the lowest rate in the country; the state administered only 15% of the vaccines it had received until Tuesday. The states of North and South Dakota, as well as West Virginia, with a relatively small population, lead the United States in terms of the percentage of state residents vaccinated at more than 5%.

North Dakota administered 73.8% of the 53,525 doses it received. West Virginia administered 64.2% of the vaccine doses of its supply. California, the state that received the most doses, around 3.3. million, administered 816,301, or about 25% of them.

With frustration over the slow rollout across the country, the Trump administration yesterday changed course and encouraged states to also open the process people 65 years of age and older, as well as people with underlying health conditions that make them more vulnerable to the virus. While the CDC has made recommendations on which state groups to prioritize in vaccine distribution, states have discretion to execute their deployment as they see fit. Florida, for example, broke with CDC advice and prioritized the vaccination of residents 65 years of age and older over essential workers.


State or territory Share vaccinated
Alabama 1.6%
Alaska 4.9%
American Samoa 3.8%
Arizona 1.9%
Arkansas 1.4%
California 2.1%
Colorado 3.9%
Connecticut 4.2%
Delaware 2.7%
District of Colombia 4.2%
Florida 2.9%
Georgia 1.6%
Guam 2.3%
Hawaii 2.4%
Idaho 2%
Illinois 2.7%
Indiana 2.9%
Iowa 3.1%
Kansas 2.7%
Kentucky 3%
Louisiana 3.1%
Maine 4.1%
Maryland 2.4%
Massachusetts 3%
Michigan 2.3%
Minnesota 2.9%
Mississippi 1.8%
Missouri 2.6%
Montana 3.9%
Nebraska 3.8%
Nevada 2%
New Hampshire 3.7%
New Jersey 2.5%
New Mexico 3.7%
New York 3%
North Carolina 2%
North Dakota 5.2%
Ohio 2.7%
Oklahoma 4%
Oregon 2.5%
Pennsylvania 2.7%
Porto Rico 2.3%
Rhode Island 3.7%
Caroline from the south 1.6%
South Dakota 5.5%
Tennessee 3.7%
Texas 3.1%
Utah 3%
Vermont 4.1%
Virgin islands 0.8%
Virginia 2.2%
Washington 2.6%
West Virginia 5.8%
Wisconsin 2.4%
Wyoming 2.8%

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