How many residents have been vaccinated in FL? It’s hard to tell and stats differ between FL and the CDC

By: - July 26, 2021 7:23 pm

Novel coronavirus SARS CoV2, which causes COVID-19. The virus is now creating mutations that are spreading in the United States and elsewhere. Credit: National Institute on Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

In a small county in North Florida called Union, 43 percent of residents aged 12 and older have been vaccinated, according to the Florida Department of Health.

But data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show the figure as 25.8 percent, based on residents 12 and older.

Likewise, 68 percent of residents 12 and older have been vaccinated in Broward County, according to Florida officials, though the CDC reports a lower figure at 59.3 percent.

And in Sarasota, Florida officials say 68 percent of 12+ residents have been vaccinated, but the CDC shows 61.4 percent.

In fact, almost every county in Florida has a higher percentage of 12+ residents vaccinated compared to the CDC data, which can make it difficult for residents to understand what’s going on.

The Phoenix reviewed the Florida Department of Health’s weekly report on COVID-19 and vaccination data, which includes a chart showing the percent of 12+ residents vaccinated thus far. The report published last Friday covers July 16 to 22.

The Phoenix reviewed CDC data related to 12+ residents and vaccinations and found that Florida’s percentages were almost always higher than the CDC’s numbers.

The two agencies have different methods.

The Florida Department of Health uses 2021 population estimates in its analysis, while the CDC uses 2019 U.S. Census data.

The CDC uses the percent of 12+ residents who are fully vaccinated. Florida’s  chart simply said “Percent 12+ vaccinated.” It isn’t entirely clear if Florida is combining fully-vaccinated residents with residents taking only one dose of a vaccine. But that could make a difference.

Here’s data showing the Florida’s numbers and the CDC’s numbers in the 12+ analysis:

County FL Dept. of Health: Percent 12+ Vaccinated CDC: Percent of 12+ Pop Fully Vaccinated – Resident Difference
Union 43 25.8 17.2
Glades 42 25.5 16.5
Highlands 53 42.4 10.6
Charlotte 66 56.5 9.5
Indian River 66 56.9 9.1
Desoto 46 36.9 9.1
St. Lucie 57 48 9
Broward 68 59.3 8.7
Walton 46 38.5 7.5
Palm Beach 64 57.1 6.9
Baker 31 24.1 6.9
Sarasota 68 61.4 6.6
Putnam 38 31.5 6.5
Washington 31 24.7 6.3
Dade 76 69.9 6.1
Hardee 37 31 6
Seminole 59 53.1 5.9
Manatee 58 52.1 5.9
Wakulla 42 36.1 5.9
Flagler 60 54.3 5.7
Pasco 55 49.3 5.7
Lee 58 52.6 5.4
Polk 51 45.6 5.4
Lafayette 34 28.8 5.2
Collier 66 60.9 5.1
Hendry 44 39 5
Clay 43 38 5
Dixie 31 26 5
Martin 60 55.4 4.6
Levy 41 36.4 4.6
Gilchrist 32 27.5 4.5
Osceola 63 58.8 4.2
Hillsborough 55 50.8 4.2
Taylor 34 29.9 4.1
Marion 52 48 4
Bradford 36 32 4
Hernando 49 45.1 3.9
Volusia 54 50.2 3.8
Monroe 69 65.5 3.5
Brevard 57 53.7 3.3
Franklin 42 38.9 3.1
Gadsden 51 48 3
Santa Rosa 43 40 3
Citrus 52 49.1 2.9
Orange 61 58.2 2.8
Nassau 51 48.2 2.8
Jackson 37 34.3 2.7
Calhoun 30 27.3 2.7
Leon 51 48.5 2.5
Bay 42 39.5 2.5
St. Johns 63 61 2
Liberty 29 27 2
Pinellas 58 56.1 1.9
Madison 37 35.2 1.8
Columbia 35 33.2 1.8
Lake 58 57.1 0.9
Holmes 25 24.1 0.9
Alachua 59 58.2 0.8
Duval 50 49.3 0.7
Okeechobee 39 38.3 0.7
Gulf 40 39.5 0.5
Suwannee 30 29.8 0.2
Hamilton 29 29.2 -0.2
Escambia 43 43.5 -0.5
Sumter 69 71.7 -2.7
Okaloosa 44 46.8 -2.8
Jefferson 45 51.4 -6.4

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Diane Rado
Diane Rado

Diane Rado has covered state and local government and public schools in six states over some 30 years, focusing on policy and investigative stories as well as legislative and political reporting. She spent most of her career at the St. Petersburg (Tampa Bay) Times and the Chicago Tribune. She has a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and did a fellowship in education reform at the University of Michigan in 1999-2000. She is married to a journalist and has three adult children.

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