Here’s how many COVID-19 vaccines Tennessee has received so far

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2022-02-16

It has now been 61 weeks since the first shipments of the COVID-19 vaccine were sent to states, kicking off the biggest vaccination campaign in human history. As of February 15, the United States has sent 677,198,225 doses of the vaccine across the country, equivalent to 206.3% of the American population.

While the initial distribution of the vaccine took longer than federal projections indicated, in recent months the United States has made great leaps in the global race to administer the vaccines – and some states are walking away. come out much better than others. Under the current system, led by the White House COVID-19 Response Team, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sends states limited shipments of vaccine along with funds and instructs them to distribute the vaccine in accordance relatively loose federal guidelines. The distribution of the vaccine is based on the size of the adult population in each state, which – according to some experts – can create inequalities in states where the spread of COVID-19 is worse and where a larger share of the population is. at risk.

Tennessee has received a total of 11,992,070 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine as of February 15. Adjusted for population, Tennessee received 175,600.6 vaccines per 100,000 people — less than the national average of 206,312.2 vaccines per 100,000 Americans and 7th-fewest of all states.

While Tennessee has so far received fewer vaccines per capita than the nation as a whole, the state has a greater need for vaccines than the rest of the country. As of Feb. 15, there were 28,788.0 confirmed cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 people in Tennessee — more than the national rate of 23,476.1 cases per 100,000 Americans and the fourth highest of the 50 states.

While the federal government distributes vaccines to states, it is up to state governments to administer the vaccine, which creates variations in both the percentage of vaccines that have been administered and the percentage of the population that has been vaccinated. In Tennessee, 78.8% of allocated vaccines were administered to residents, which is below the national average of 80.9% and the 22nd-smallest share of any state.

Vaccines administered represent 138.4% of the state’s population, which is lower than the national figure of 166.9% and the ninth-smallest share of any state.

While a majority of Americans are still unvaccinated due to a lack of supply, some are not considering getting a vaccine at all. According to a US Census Bureau survey, 64.4% of US adults 18 and older who have not yet received the vaccine are unlikely or definitely not to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in the future. In Tennessee, 68.5% of adults who have not yet received the vaccine say they are unlikely or definitely not going to receive a vaccine in the future, the 25th highest share of any state. The most commonly cited reason for not wanting a vaccine was fear of possible side effects. Other commonly cited reasons include distrust of COVID-19 vaccines, distrust of the government, and the fact that they planned to wait and see if it’s safe.

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