- Five states have not given at least one COVID-19 vaccine to half of their population, according to CDC data.
- This poses a challenge to President Joe Biden, who wants 70% of Americans to be partially vaccinated by July 4.
- Currently, more than 64% of Americans have received at least one dose and about 43% are fully immunized.
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Five states – Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Wyoming – have yet to administer at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccines to half of their residents, according to CDC data, posing a barrier to the Biden administration.
As the Associated Press first reported on Saturday, the nation’s worst vaccination rate is in Mississippi, where roughly 36% of the state’s population has received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine. -19.
The Center Daily Times reported on Saturday that officials in Mississippi have in recent months refused more than 870,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine from the federal government due to declining demand from state residents. Unwanted doses have gone to other states and to a national pool, according to the report.
As The Hill noted, reluctance to vaccinate is an obstacle to President Joe Biden’s goal of having at least partially vaccinated 70% of Americans by Independence Day, which is about three weeks away. . The White House announced the target in early May when it announced the additional allocation of federal resources to speed up vaccinations.
According to CDC data, vaccine delivery peaked in the United States in April and has declined steadily since.
About 36% of Alabama’s population has received at least one dose of the vaccine. Alabama deputy health officer Dr. Karen Landers told The Associated Press the state will fall short of the president’s target, but said “that doesn’t stop us from cheering people on. to get vaccinated ”.
Just over 40% of Tennessee residents are at least partially vaccinated against COVID-19, state data shows.
According to the CDC, 52% of all people in the United States have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Just under 43% of Americans are fully immunized against the disease.
States across the United States have introduced vaccine lotteries, gun giveaways, free beer, and other incentives to encourage their residents to get vaccinated.