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These 11 States Rank Worst in Vaccine Rollout, Says CDC

The COVID Data Tracker shows these 11 states have administered less shots than other states.
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The “light at the end of the tunnel” is here—a COVID-19 vaccine—and yet 11 states rank behind others when it comes down to getting shots in arms, bogged down by confusing reservation systems and bad communication. The CDC’s COVID Data Tracker now tracks the total doses administered reported to the CDC by State or Territory. Read on to see which states have given the least so far per every 100,000 residents, ranked here as a countdown—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus

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Wisconsin Has the 11th Slowest Rollout Nationwide

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2,916 shots given per every 100,000 residents

“The Dept. of Health Services announced Tuesday that starting next week all adults over the 65 years old will be allowed to get the coronavirus vaccine,” according to NBC 15. “The agency says there are approximately 700,000 people over that age in the state, adding that the state is currently receiving around 70,000 first-dose vaccines per week.” “Older adults have been hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, and prioritizing this population will help save lives,” outgoing DHS Secretary-designee Andrea Palm said. 

If you live in Wisconsin, you can find out how to get vaccinated by going to the state's vaccine website, here.  

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North Carolina Has the 10th Slowest Rollout Nationwide

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2,887 shots given per every 100,000 residents

“North Carolina has surpassed 8,000 COVID-19 deaths with hospitalizations pushing health care systems to the brink. It comes as the Tarheel State struggles to ramp up vaccine distribution,” reports WCNC. “State health officials announced Thursday they would expand vaccination to anyone 65 years or older, including all health care workers. The new guidance comes in response to growing concerns that the previous plan was too complicated and slowed distribution.”

If you live in North Carolina, you can find out how to get vaccinated by going to the state's vaccine website, here.  

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Virginia Has the 9th Slowest Rollout Nationwide

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2,861 shots given per every 100,000 residents

“Compared to other states, Virginia is lagging behind when it comes to getting coronavirus shots into arms,” reports WRIC. “To date, the Virginia Department of Health has distributed 943, 400 doses but only administered 324, 965 — roughly 34 percent. That percentage falls in the bottom five of all states.”

If you reside in Virginia, you can find out how to get vaccinated by going to the state's vaccine website, here.  

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Mississippi Has the 8th Slowest Rollout Nationwide

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2,833 shots given per every 100,000 residents

“Good news concerning COVID-19 vaccinations and those eligible can schedule an appointment as early as next week. Because of expansions. It’s now easier to register,” reports WJTV. “Whether you call the vaccine hotline or log onto CovidVaccine.UMC.edu state leaders promise wait times have dropped and you no longer will get a busy signal. Also, there are more opportunities to get your vaccine at hospitals and doctor offices.”

If you live in Mississippi, you can find out how to get vaccinated by going to the state's vaccine website, here.  

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Nevada Has the 7th Slowest Rollout Nationwide

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2,717 shots given per every 100,000 residents

“Nevada has overhauled its COVID-19 vaccine playbook, lowering the age of those at high risk of infection from 75 to 70, in an effort to speed up and expand access to immunizations,” reports AARP. “Hospital, frontline health workers, and staff and residents at long-term care facilities are currently being vaccinated. Next in line are people 70 and older and designated essential frontline workers.”

If you live in Nevada, you can find out how to get vaccinated by going to the state's vaccine website, here.  

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California Has the 6th Slowest Rollout Nationwide

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2,717 shots given per every 100,000 residents

Given the “Kafkaesque” process it takes to get a vaccine in California, users have crowdsourced their own resource—this “website appears to be the closest thing California currently has to a centralized database (albeit a crowdsourced one) where people 65 and older can find out where vaccines are actually available, and how to make appointments,” reports the Los Angeles Times. You can also find the state's vaccine website, here.  

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Arizona Has the 5th Slowest Rollout Nationwide

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2,708 shots given per every 100,000 residents

"The Arizona Department of Health Services (AZDHS) said registration for vaccine appointments for those aged 65 and older has opened at two state-run sites. The registration began on Tuesday, Jan. 19 at 9 a.m.,” according to AZ Family. “According to AZDHS, within minutes there was an ‘extremely heavy demand’ for COVID-19 appointments.”

If you reside in Arizona, you can find out how to get vaccinated by going to the state's vaccine website, here

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Idaho Has the 4th Slowest Rollout Nationwide

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2,610 shots given per every 100,000 residents

“Questions remain,” reports Magic Valley. “Why haven’t more people been vaccinated? Is the rollout going too slowly? Why do some groups seem to be left out of the plan? How many people are declining the shot, and what happens to their dose? Have any vials of the vaccine gone bad or been thrown away? How will Idahoans find out when it’s their turn, and where will they go for their shot?”

If you're located in Idaho, you can find out how to get the vaccine by going to the state's vaccine website, here.  

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South Carolina Has the 3rd Slowest Rollout Nationwide

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2,366 shots given per every 100,000 residents

“South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster threatened to use his executive powers to force the state’s major hospitals to give more COVID-19 vaccines after most have administered just two-thirds or less of their doses,” reports the Post and Courier. “McMaster acknowledged Monday that the state’s frantic effort to vaccinate against COVID-19 ‘is not going as fast as we would like’ and said hospital vaccine ‘shelves ought to be empty.’ Major hospitals had 78,500 unused doses as of Monday.”

If you live in South Carolina, you can find out how to get vaccinated by going to the state's vaccine website, here.  

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Georgia Has the 2nd Slowest Rollout Nationwide

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2,179 shots given per every 100,000 residents

“Georgia still stands as one of the slowest states in the U.S. when it comes to the administering of the COVID-19 vaccine. Health experts hope that making them available via pharmacies will change that statistic,” reports WMAZ. “COVID-19 expert and Augusta University professor Dr. David Blake said the pharmacies should speed up the process.” "It will certainly help and I've held for quite some time that we do really well each fall with the flu vaccine," said Dr. Blake. "We vaccinated 56 percent of the country this year for the flu and we need to do more than that for COVID. We should use the same sort of infrastructure."

If you're located in Georgia, you can find out how to get the vaccine by going to the state's vaccine website, here

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And the #1 Slowest Rollout So Far is in…Alabama

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2,051 shots given per every 100,000 residents

“Alabama has fallen behind the rest of the country in vaccination efforts, averaging just 2,051 shots per every 100,000 residents,” reports Fox News. “The state, which as of Monday opened up appointments for residents 75 and older and first responders in addition to health care workers, has administered just shy of 100,600 of the 444,640 doses distributed thus far, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) vaccine tracker….the state has seen about 2% of the population receive the vaccine, with officials scrambling to address scheduling issues.” If you live in Alabama, you can find out how to get vaccinated by going to the state's vaccine website, here. Get vaccinated as soon as you can, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.

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