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These States Are The Worst in COVID Vaccine Roll Out

Some states are slower than others, and these are the slowest of all.
Young woman taking a vaccine from her doctor.

As Americans clamor over—and debate over—the coronavirus vaccine, questions about supply and shortages continue to frustrate doctors and patients alike. With this weekend's emergency approval of Johnson & Johnson's new vaccine, there will be more supply in the pipeline. It's "nothing but good news," says Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Yet some states lag behind. Read on to see which have been slowest in rolling out the new COVID vaccines, according to data from the New York Times, with the very slowest state at the very end—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus


New York

Masked shoppers in New York during the COVID-19 pandemic

Thirteen percent of the New York population has received one dose, while 6.8% has received two doses. The state had a low vaccine supply and risked a shortage, but it is on a better pace now. "From day one our top priority has been to ensure the equitable distribution of the vaccine by establishing vaccination sites directly in the communities that were hit the hardest by the pandemic," Governor Andrew Cuomo said. 



Tree line leading to the State Capitol of Arkansas, Little Rock

Only 13% of the population in Arkansas received one dose of the vaccine, and 6.6% received two doses. However, "The age threshold was lowered from 70 to 65, which will allow around 115,000 more Arkansans to be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine," according to 5 News.



Mississippi welcome sign with the words "Birthplace of America's Music"

13% of Mississippians received one dose, while received 6.2% two doses. Some people are still struggling to get an appointment, and there is a low vaccination rate in the Black community.



St. Louis downtown skyline at twilight from top view

At the moment, 13% of Missouri has had one dose, and 6.2% has two doses. "In Missouri, there are hundreds of vaccinators applying to receive doses every week," says NPR. "The state can only fill around a third of those orders."



Montgomery, Alabama, USA fountain and downtown cityscape.

13% of their population has had one dose, and 5.8% has had two doses. There is a limited number of people in phase 1a allowed to get the vaccine, hence the low number, but more people have been approved. 




Currently, 12% of Georgia's population has had one dose of the vaccine, and 6.6% have had 2 doses. "After the state received its initial batch of vaccine in mid-December, the weekly allotments dropped to a low of 120,000 doses per week," says 11Alive. "It's only now—nearly two months later—that the number of doses has started to rise again."



Honky-tonks on Lower Broadway

Tennessee's low vaccinate rate of 12% receiving one dose, and 6.1% receiving two doses can be explained by a set of revisions to the Tennessee Department of Health's COVID-19 Vaccination Plan pushing back its expectations for when vaccines will be available for most of the age-based phases of eligibility.



A pedestrian bridge crossing the Buffalo Bayou into downtown Houston Texas.

Only 12% of Texans have received one dose, and 5.8% have had 2 doses. As the state began the massive undertaking of distributing the coronavirus vaccine, early data problems left state officials with immunization records that were outdated, incomplete and sometimes misleading. 



Main Street in Salt Lake City

Twelve percent of Utah's population received one dose of the vaccine, while 5.3% of the population received two doses. This is due to the initial slow rollout of the vaccine, but Utah recently surpassed 100,000 weekly vaccinations. The data also shows that vaccination rates have been significantly lower in Utah's minority communities so far. 

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And the Slowest is….Washington, D.C.

An American woman wears a mask and goggles at the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C. to protect herself from the COVID-19 coronavirus.

In the US capital, only 11% of its population has received one dose, and 4.9% have received 2 doses. "Govs. Larry Hogan of Maryland and Ralph Northam of Virginia and D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser announced that millions of people were eligible," according to the Washington Post. "But when those people called and emailed and waited in front of their computers for hours, they couldn't get through." No matter where you live, get vaccinated when it becomes available to you, 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.

Emilia Paluszek
Emilia specializes in human biology and psychology at the University at Albany. Read more