28.5% of American adults have gotten a COVID vaccine: How each U.S state is doing
In a week in which unsubstantiated safety concerns brought COVID vaccinations in many European countries to an abrupt halt—just the latest setback in the E.U.’s slow rollout—the vaccine drive in the U.S. picked up pace, with about 2.5 million shots being administered every day.
As of March 17, 73.7 million Americans—22.2% of the total population, and 28.5% of those 18 and older—had received at least one dose of a COVID vaccine, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control. That’s up from 62.5 million a week ago. 40 million Americans, or 15.5% of the total adult population has been fully vaccinated.
When it comes to more vulnerable older Americans, 65.4% of people 65 and older have received at least one dose of the vaccine; 37.6% have been fully vaccinated.
Across the country, the percentage of vaccinated individuals varies considerably by state. New Mexico leads the country, with more than 30% of residents having received at least one dose of a vaccine. That’s nearly twice the proportion of those vaccinated in Georgia, the state that has reached the smallest percent of the population—16.1%. (To give perspective: Georgia has administered roughly 2.8 million vaccine doses, which is well over the 984,000 New Mexico has.)
In total, the nation has administered 113 million of the 147.6 million doses that have been distributed. The vast majority of those are the two-dose, mRNA vaccines developed by Pfizer and Moderna. So far, roughly 1.8 million Americans have received the one-dose shot from Johnson & Johnson.
With the number of vaccinated individuals climbing around the world, there is more and more discussion of vaccine passports and travel restrictions based on one’s vaccination status. China, for example, is planning to ease rules for foreign visitors, so long as they’ve received a Chinese vaccine.
Share of the population that has received at least once shot
|State or territory||Share vaccinated|
|District of Columbia||18.9%|