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16 states have vaccinated at least 50% of their population

May 12, 2021, 10:31 PM UTC

By the most important measures, America’s pandemic is trending in the right direction: New cases of coronavirus have been declining, as have deaths (in fact, Massachusetts, yesterday, recorded 0 deaths due to COVID). And the number of people in the country vaccinated against the virus goes up by millions every week. Add to that good news: The CDC’s endorsement today of Pfizer’s vaccine for use for 12 to 15-year olds. Adolescents are eligible for their shots starting tomorrow. 

As of May 12, 154 million Americans—58.7% of adults, 84% of seniors, and 46.4% of the total population—had received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  A week ago that number was 148.6 million. The fully-vaccinated population now stands at 117.6 million Americans, or 45.1% of adults and 35.4% of the total population.

In total, the nation has administered 264.7 million vaccines, all of which have been Pfizer and Modern’s mRNA vaccines aside from 9.3 million Johnson & Johnson shots.

In terms of progress with the vaccine rollout across the states, Vermont is the new leader in terms of the percent of residents vaccinated, at 62.8% of the population. All the states in New England, as well as Hawaii, have reached more than 60% of residents with at least one dose. In some states, the rates are much lower; Mississippi ranks at the bottom with 32.3% of its population vaccinated, up from 31.6%  last week. Also below 35%: Louisiana and Alabama.

Share of the population that has received at least once shot

State or territoryShare vaccinated
Alaska43.1%
Alabama33.9%
Arkansas37.0%
American Samoa39.7%
Arizona42.9%
California52.0%
Colorado49.3%
Connecticut57.9%
District of Columbia52.4%
Delaware49.7%
Florida44.7%
Georgia36.9%
Guam48.7%
Hawaii59.3%
Iowa45.9%
Idaho35.5%
Illinois49.5%
Indiana38.4%
Kansas44.1%
Kentucky42.9%
Louisiana33.7%
Massachusetts61.1%
Maryland51.9%
Maine57.9%
Michigan44.9%
Minnesota49.9%
Missouri39.3%
Mississippi32.3%
Montana42.3%
North Carolina40.7%
North Dakota40.2%
Nebraska45.3%
New Hampshire57.9%
New Jersey54.9%
New Mexico53.4%
Nevada41.8%
New York50.7%
Ohio42.3%
Oklahoma39.6%
Oregon49.1%
Pennsylvania53.3%
Puerto Rico43.6%
Rhode Island55.6%
South Carolina38.2%
South Dakota45.8%
Tennessee36.2%
Texas40.1%
Utah41.8%
Virginia50.3%
Vermont62.8%
Washington50.5%
Wisconsin47.5%
West Virginia37.2%
Wyoming35.0%

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