With the US seeing an average of well over 200,000 new coronavirus cases per day and the conditions for a bleak COVID winter already imminent, the urgency to distribute and administer the country’s available vaccines on a daily basis increases. Until Tuesday, January 12thAccording to CDC data, about 27.7 million doses had been given, but only about a third of those – 9.3 million – had actually been given. Most of these were the first pictures taken by health professionals, residents and long-term care workers. (Some, including the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, John Roberts, have already received both cans.)
The federal states are responsible for distributing their assigned vaccines, with the exception of those that go through the federal government’s partnership with pharmacies in long-term care facilities 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 by Tuesday.
In most states, only 2.8% of the population received the vaccine. Arkansas, which vaccinated 1.4% of its population, has the lowest rate in the country. The state has only given 15% of the vaccines it received as of Tuesday. North and South Dakota and West Virginia, states with relatively small populations, lead the US in terms of the percentage of citizens vaccinated at over 5%.
North Dakota administered 73.8% of the 53,525 doses it received. West Virginia has delivered 64.2% of the vaccine doses of its supply. California, the state that received the most doses, roughly 3.3. Million, has managed 816,301, or about 25% of them.
With frustration over the slow roll-out across the country, the Trump administration changed course yesterday and encouraged states to open the process as well for people age 65 and older, as well as for people with underlying health conditions that make them more susceptible to the virus. While the CDC has made recommendations as to which groups should have priority in the distribution of vaccines, it is at the discretion of states to roll them out at their own discretion. Florida, for example broke with CDC instructions and priority vaccination of residents aged 65 and over against key workers.
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