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|
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