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- The Food and Drug Administration has approved three COVID-19 vaccines in the United States.
- Only about one-fifth of Americans have received at least one dose of a vaccine and more than 10 percent have been fully vaccinated.
- The rollout has gone slowly in several states, especially in the South, which has some of the lowest vaccination rates in the country.
More than 133 million COVID-19 vaccines have been administered so far in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), but that distribution isn’t spread evenly across the country.
At least 30 percent of the population has received their first shot — if not both — in Alaska, Connecticut, Massachusetts, South Dakota, Rhode Island and New Mexico, which has vaccinated one-third of its population – the largest share nationwide. The state’s success is not unrelated to the success of Navajo Nation in northwestern New Mexico, which has inoculated more of its population than any other state.
Of the territories, American Samoa has given at least one shot to at least 35 percent of its population, higher than New Mexico, followed by the Northern Mariana Islands and Guam both at 28 percent, while the Marshall Islands, U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico trail behind most states.
But in the contiguous United States, the South is lagging behind, including Georgia, which has vaccinated just 20 percent of its population, the lowest rate in the country. According to the New York Times COVID-19 vaccine tracker, Alabama, Tennessee and Texas are not much farther ahead, with Washington, D.C., rounding out the bottom five states with the lowest percent of people given at least one shot.
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