Nearly 50% of Americans have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine—but it differs per state

About 46% of all Americans have received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine — but rates differ per State.

At the top of the list is Vermont, where 62% of the population has had at least one vaccine dose. Every state in the Northeast has given at least one dose to over half of its population, according to data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

At the bottom is Mississippi, where 32% of the population has received at least one vaccine dose. Similarly, every state on its border has vaccinated less than 40% of its residents. The contrast between states and regions largely fits along partisan political lines: States that voted Democratic in the most recent presidential election have higher vaccination rates than those that voted Republican.

The 22 states with the highest percentage of vaccinated people all voted for President Joe Biden. Among the 17 states with the lowest vaccination rates, only Georgia went for Biden, according to the CDC. Other demographic differences, including age, race and education, have similarly influenced vaccination rates. The five states with the highest percentage of people with at least one dose are Vermont, Massachusetts, Hawaii, Connecticut and New Hampshire. At the other end, the five states with the lowest percentage of people with one dose are Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Wyoming and Idaho.

These partisan trends are particularly clear within states, too. For example, New York County, which covers heavily Democratic Manhattan, has fully vaccinated 47% of its population. Meanwhile, Orleans County, the rural northwest New York enclave where former President Donald Trump won 67% of the vote, has fully vaccinated 30%. There are slight differences in these state rankings depending on how exactly you measure, such as whether you look at those partially or fully vaccinated, or whether you compare total population, those older than 18 or those older than 65. President Biden has set a target of having 70% of US adults receive at least one vaccine dose by July 4. As of Monday, four states have already reached that goal.




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