Residents of West Virginia and South Dakota are most likely to have received the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, according to Centers for Disease Control data.
The CDC’s website is tracking the number of vaccine doses distributed in each state and the number of people who’ve received the first dose of the two approved shots. The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine requires two doses, ideally spread 21 days apart, while the Moderna vaccine’s second dose should be given 28 days after the first.
The new figures give an indication of how the vaccine rollout is proceeding and how likely residents in individual states are to have received the shot. West Virginia had vaccinated 2,178 people per 100,000 as of December 30 and was closely followed by South Dakota, where 2,089 people per 100,000 had received the first dose.
Kansas is currently lagging behind all other states with just 418 initial vaccinations per 100,000 as of December 30.
Ohio vaccinations stood at 434 per 100,000, Mississippi’s at 472 per 100,000 and Georgia’s at 480 per 100,000 by New Year’s Eve.
New York and California, two of the states hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, had similar vaccination figures.
California’s initial vaccination rate stood at 745 per 100,000, while New York was slightly behind with 723 doses per 100,000. States with larger populations will obviously require more doses of the vaccine. The ultimate aim is for the number of vaccinated persons to reach critical mass.
The CDC reports that 12,409,050 doses of the vaccine have been distributed nationwide thus far, while 2,794,588 people had received the initial vaccination as of December 30. These figures are for both the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines.
The U.S. surpassed 20 million COVID-19 cases this week. There were also more than 125,000 patients with the disease in the U.S. hospitals, according to CNN. California also set a new record for daily deaths on Wednesday when the state recorded 432 deaths.
Mass vaccination with both doses is seen as the long-term solution to the pandemic which has ravaged the country. There have now been more than 364,000 American deaths from the disease.
“The goal is for everyone to be able to easily get vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as large enough quantities are available,” the CDC says on its website.
“Once vaccine is widely available, the plan is to have several thousand vaccination providers offering COVID-19 vaccines in doctors’ offices, retail pharmacies, hospitals, and federally qualified health centers.”
The CDC is also recording vaccination rates in U.S. territories. The Northern Mariana Islands lead all U.S. states and territories with 3,910 initial doses per 100,000 people on 31 December. However, the islands have a population of just under 57,000.
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