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Feds are advocating for COVID boosters to help curb omicron, but thousands of people haven’t even tried boosters

By: - December 2, 2021 3:42 pm

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
Vermont 455,418 160,558 35.3
Minnesota 3,530,588 1,125,251 31.9
Iowa 1,792,626 553,180 30.9
Wisconsin 3,469,836 1,025,854 29.6
Montana 554,841 163,106 29.4
Michigan 5,460,170 1,563,100 28.6
Maine 972,746 277,385 28.5
Colorado 3,648,172 1,019,254 27.9
Idaho 809,106 220,778 27.3
New Mexico 1,334,001 362,598 27.2
Nebraska 1,110,565 298,244 26.9
North Dakota 372,270 99,952 26.8
Alaska 397,095 105,969 26.7
Wyoming 264,155 70,531 26.7
Ohio 6,209,524 1,653,755 26.6
Rhode Island 770,130 199,025 25.8
Oregon 2,701,913 682,682 25.3
Kentucky 2,332,305 581,588 24.9
Maryland 4,093,705 1,011,658 24.7
Illinois 7,835,676 1,927,354 24.6
Connecticut 2,569,921 620,867 24.2
Washington 4,963,827 1,198,054 24.1
South Dakota 484,448 116,695 24.1
Virginia 5,551,137 1,324,537 23.9
Tennessee 3,387,103 810,533 23.9
Delaware 599,899 140,952 23.5
Massachusetts 4,912,745 1,144,301 23.3
Kansas 1,594,930 362,506 22.7
Missouri 3,130,300 696,523 22.3
Indiana 3,409,055 729,662 21.4
Arkansas 1,490,934 319,381 21.4
South Carolina 2,650,248 561,074 21.2
New Jersey 6,034,299 1,258,532 20.9
California 25,000,226 5,216,970 20.9
Florida 13,198,826 2,692,125 20.4
Oklahoma 2,042,487 411,411 20.1
Arizona 3,983,477 795,380 20
Louisiana 2,275,106 454,608 20
Utah 1,787,075 347,715 19.5
Alabama 2,266,861 428,946 18.9
Nevada 1,681,079 315,280 18.8
Mississippi 1,401,656 259,835 18.5
Texas 15,887,187 2,910,631 18.3
Georgia 5,275,057 951,565 18
District of Columbia 456,118 76,635 16.8
New York State 13,341,839 2,053,051 15.4
Pennsylvania 7,493,304 1,096,553 14.6
Hawaii 863,956 123,154 14.3
North Carolina 5,694,294 777,031 13.6
West Virginia 744,614 58,301 7.8
New Hampshire 881,700 52,239 5.9

 

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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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