Pfizer COVID vaccine. Source: Screenshot/YouTube
With the emergence of the new omicron variant — which has now seeped into the United States– federal health officials have expanded its push for people 18 and older to get booster shots.
But so far, that appears to be a tough sell, according to the government’s own booster data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Nationwide, only 21.2 percent of people fully vaccinated have gotten a booster, as of Dec. 1. Florida reports a figure of 20.4 percent, slightly lower than the national average.
Of the 50 states and the District of Columbia, Florida ranks 35th in the percent of fully vaccinated people who have gotten booster shots, the data show.
The analysis is based on the number of people fully vaccinated in a state compared to the number of people who have received a booster dose. That creates the “percent of fully vaccinated people with booster doses.”
The highest booster figure is Vermont, with 35.3 percent of fully vaccinated people getting boosters. Only two other states, Minnesota and Iowa, have figures above 30 percent.
The lowest booster percentages are New Hampshire and West Virginia.
Here are the figures for all states and the District of Columbia:
|State||People Fully Vaccinated by State of Residence||People who have received a booster dose||Percent of fully vaccinated people with booster doses|
|District of Columbia||456,118||76,635||16.8|
|New York State||13,341,839||2,053,051||15.4|
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