It has now been 40 weeks since the first shipments of the COVID-19 vaccine were sent to states, launching the largest vaccination campaign in human history. As of September 23, 469,561,625 doses of the vaccine had been shipped across the country, equivalent to 143.1% of the US population.
While the initial vaccine distribution took longer than federal projections indicated, in recent months the United States has made great strides in the global race to deliver the vaccines – and some states are doing so. come out much better than others. In the current system, led by the White House COVID-19 response team, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sends states limited vaccine shipments along with funding and directs them to distribute the vaccine in accordance with relatively flexible federal guidelines.
Each state has developed its own deployment plan, prioritizing different age groups and classes of essential workers. The mix of policies and logistical challenges across the country has led to large variations between states in both the percentage of vaccines that have been administered and the percentage of the population that has been vaccinated.
In Utah, 85.7% of allocated vaccines had been administered to residents as of Sept. 23, higher than the national average of 82.6% and the ninth highest share of all states.
Doses administered amount to 105.8% of the state’s population, lower than the national figure of 118.2% and the 20th smallest share of all states.
While a majority of Americans are not vaccinated due to a lack of supplies, some have no intention of receiving a vaccine at all. According to a US Census Bureau survey, 59.2% of American adults aged 18 and older who have not yet received the vaccine likely or certainly will not receive a COVID-19 vaccine in the future. In Utah, 53.7% of adults who have not yet received the vaccine say they likely or certainly will not receive a vaccine in the future, the fifth smallest share of all states. The most common reason for not wanting a vaccine is fear of possible side effects. Other commonly cited reasons include that they were planning to wait and see if it’s safe, not to trust the COVID-19 vaccines and not to trust the government.
To determine how states are doing with the vaccine rollout, 24/7 Wall St. looked at data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. States were ranked based on the number of vaccines administered in a state as a percentage of the number of vaccines distributed to that state by the federal government as of September 23. Data on confirmed COVID-19 cases as of September 23 came from various states and local health departments and were population-adjusted using data from the 2019 American Community Survey from the US Census Bureau. Data on the percentage of adults who are unlikely or certainly will not receive a COVID-19 vaccine and their reasons for not receiving one comes from the Census Bureau Household Pulse Survey, conducted on August 18, 2021. until August 30, 2021.