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Vaccine Rollout: Check How it's Going in Your State

January 16, 2021

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An article released by The New York Times titled "See How the Vaccine Rollout Is Going in Your State" recounted the progress made by federal officials in the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine around the nation's states.

Vaccine Rollout: Check How It's Going in Your State
The development of the first COVID-19 vaccine marks a veritable milestone, even now that case records have skyrocketed and the death toll has reached over 384,000 in the U.S. After an unprecedented process that ended with the approval of both the Pfizer-BioNTech and the Moderna vaccine, federal authorities started planning the distribution of 30.6 million doses across the country, preparing several shipments to bring the vaccines to states, territories, and some federal agencies. They accounted for different factors, including the total population in each state and the fact that both vaccines must be administered in two separate doses.

Despite their efforts, the vaccine rollout has been slowed down by unexpected setbacks since its beginnings back in December. As it stands, a considerable number of doses have failed to reach their destination and the official data is continuously affected by delayed reports.

According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC), 11.1 million people have gotten the first of two shots needed for the COVID-19 vaccine to take effect, a somewhat underwhelming outcome in relation to the initial goal set by federal officials, which aimed to have at least 20 million people vaccinated with the initial dose by the end of 2020.

COVID-19 Vaccine Vials and Needle
A prime example comes with the data taken from the nation's nursing homes and long-term facilities, which shows that, out of 4.7 million allotted doses, only 1.2 million people have gotten the first shot of the vaccine. Along with front-line medical workers, nursing home residents took priority during the first distribution process, making the current numbers all the more baffling in the eyes of health officials.

The CDC continues tracking and updating the data per state. As of now, West Virginia, South Dakota, and Alaska take the lead as the states with the most first doses administered per capita.

You can read the full article and find all the data here: See How the Vaccine Rollout Is Going in Your State.

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