Tracking COVID-19 vaccine distribution by state: How many people have been vaccinated in the US?

By | June 17, 2021

, one from Moderna and another from Johnson & Johnson – have been authorized for emergency use and are part of the widespread distribution process. The first shots were given Dec. 14.

On May 10, the Food and Drug Administration authorized the Pfizer vaccine for use in children aged 12 to 15. The Pfizer vaccine is the only vaccine currently authorized for children under age 18, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s expert vaccine committee said children can receive the shot alongside other routine vaccinations.

In early April, around the time most states expanded vaccine eligibility to include all adults, nearly two million people were receiving their first vaccine each day. If vaccinations had continued at this pace, nearly all eligible Americans would be vaccinated by July.

However, in recent weeks the number of new people being vaccinated has fallen significantly despite ample vaccine supply. The federal government is taking steps to make receiving a COVID-19 vaccine more convenient and accessible, including expanding walk-in hours for vaccines at pharmacies, shipping new allocations of vaccine to rural health clinics, and distributing more vaccine to family doctors.

States prioritized at-risk populations to be vaccinated first, including medical staff, people in nursing homes or other long-term care facilities, essential workers, the elderly and people with medical conditions that put them at greater risk of becoming seriously ill with COVID-19.

Any person age 12 and older in the U.S. is now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

County-level data is most accurate in states that report county of residence to the CDC for a high percentage of people vaccinated. In states that report the county of residence at a lower rate, the vaccination rate for counties may appear to be lower than it actually is.

For this reason, data is not shown for states that included a county of residence for less than 80% of people vaccinated there. Some states, such as Texas and Hawaii, do not report county-level information to the CDC.

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More than 33 million in the U.S. have tested positive for COVID-19 since January 2020, and more than 600,000 have died from the virus. More than 170 million people have received at least one dose of vaccine.

The Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines require two doses, and the Johnson & Johnson vaccine requires only one for the recipient to be fully vaccinated. For the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines, a second shot should be administered about three or four weeks after the first, depending on which of the vaccines was given.

All adults in the U.S. are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, and children 12 years and older are able to receive the Pfizer vaccine. Visit Vaccines.gov to find out where vaccines are in stock near you and schedule an appointment.

You can also text your ZIP code to 438 829 to receive contact information for vaccine providers in your area.

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