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The United States has fallen short of President Biden’s goal of having 70 percent of Americans vaccinated by July 04. On Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that 172 million people in the U.S. (67 percent of the adult population) have received at least one dose while 156 million (46 percent) are fully vaccinated.
When Biden first announced the goal, the U.S. was averaging more than 800,000 doses a day and this has now fallen to around 300,000. As this map shows, vaccine hesitancy is a major problem in some parts of the country and there is a considerable disparity in the rate of full vaccination between states.
Vermont currently leads the U.S. by share of inhabitants fully vaccinated. According to the latest figures from website “Our World in Data”, around 66 percent of its inhabitants have received both doses (or the single dose of Johnson & Johnson). Massachusetts, Maine and Connecticut follow with full vaccination rates of at least 60 percent or higher.
The share of the population vaccinated across the southern U.S. is considerably lower and Mississippi is currently rock bottom of the race. As of July 04, only 29.9 percent of its population were fully vaccinated. Arkansas and Alabama have the second-lowest full vaccination rates at less than 35 percent.
This chart shows the share of residents in U.S. states who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19.