Millions of doses have been administered, but many Americans have struggled to get inoculated quickly
Vaccination against Covid-19 has been under way in the US since mid-December, with healthcare workers and long-term care facility residents receiving the first doses.
Millions of doses have been administered, but many Americans have had difficulty accessing the vaccines in a timely manner. Among the Biden administration’s top priorities has been developing a federal vaccine distribution plan, but states may still lack a steady supply of doses and the personnel necessary to administer what they receive.
Some states have begun to expand eligibility to essential workers, people with health conditions, and others.
The Guardian has visualized the proportion of vaccinated population in each state from data provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The represented proportions reflect the overall state population. Children are not eligible to be vaccinated, though scientists believe they can spread Covid-19.
People of color have disproportionately experienced the worst outcomes, dying at higher rates than other racial groups. Despite the CDC’s early emphasis on equitable vaccine allocation, these communities are still being vaccinated at lower rates in many states.