117M Vaccinated in US; 35% of Kentuckians
By West Kentucky Star Staff
WASHINGTON DC - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Saturday that 117 million people have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, or 31% of the nation's population. Last week's total was 104 million.

Almost 71 million people have been fully vaccinated by Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose vaccine or the two-dose series made by Pfizer and Moderna, up by over 10 million from a week ago.

Kentucky has given at least one dose to 35.7 percent of its residents, ranking it 26th in the nation. Almost one fourth of Kentucky residents are now fully vaccinated.

Illinois ranks 16th at 37.3 percent. Tennessee ranks 45th in the nation with 29.5 percent getting at least one dose. The national average is 35 percent.

New Hampshire has the highest percentage of its population getting vaccinations at 49 percent, with New Mexico second at 44 percent, and Maine and Connecticut next at 43 percent. In general, the northeastern United States is ahead of the pace in giving out vaccine, and the southeastern states lag behind. (see linked map)

Eight states are now over 40 percent with at least one shot administered.

An average of 3.11 million doses are being administered daily, compared to 3.09 million a week ago, and 1.1 million on Feb. 1. 

The CDC estimates that at the current increased pace of vaccinations, the United States could reach 70 percent vaccinations around June 12, and 90 percent coverage around July 18. This is thought to be when the benefits of "herd immunity" start to be realized.

That's a huge improvement from the beginning of March, when the 90 percent estimate was October 6.

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CDC vaccination data

Published 09:30 AM, Sunday Apr. 11, 2021
Updated 07:02 AM, Monday Apr. 12, 2021



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