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This Is How Many COVID-19 Vaccines Florida Has Received So Far

2021-08-10

It has now been 34 weeks since the first shipments of the COVID-19 vaccine were sent out to states, kicking off the largest vaccination campaign in human history. As of August 8, the U.S. has sent 407,561,705 doses of the vaccine across the country — equivalent to 124.2% of the U.S. population.

While the initial distribution of the vaccine took longer than federal projections had indicated, in recent months the U.S. has made great leaps in the worldwide race to administer vaccinations — and some states are faring far 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 the vaccine as well as funding and tasks them with distributing the vaccine in accordance with relatively loose federal guidelines. The distribution of the vaccine is based on the size of the adult population in every state, which — according to some experts — can create inequities in states where the spread of COVID-19 is worse and a larger share of the population is at risk.

Florida has received a total of 27,152,955 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine as of August 8. Adjusted for population, Florida has received 126,423.7 vaccines per 100,000 residents — in line with the national average of 124,165.9 vaccines per 100,000 Americans and the 18th most of any state.

While Florida has so far received a similar amount of vaccines per capita as the nation as a whole, the state has a greater need for vaccines than the rest of the country. As of August 8, there were 12,472.3 confirmed cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 residents in Florida — greater than the national rate of 10,732.8 cases per 100,000 Americans and the eighth highest of all 50 states.

While the federal government distributes vaccines to states, it is up to state governments to administer the vaccine — creating variations in both the percentage of vaccines that have been administered and the percentage of the population that has been vaccinated. In Florida, 85.1% of allocated vaccines have been administered to residents, in line with the national average of 86.2% and the 23rd smallest share of all states.

The administered vaccines amount to 107.6% of the state population, in line with the 107.1% national figure and the 21st largest share of all states.

While a majority of Americans remain unvaccinated due to a lack of supply, there are some who have no plans to receive a vaccine at all. According to a survey from the U.S. Census Bureau, 45.8% of U.S. adults 18 and over who have not yet received the vaccine will either probably not or definitely not get a COVID-19 vaccine in the future. In Florida, 46.5% of adults who have not yet received the vaccine report that they will probably not or definitely not get a vaccine in the future, the 23rd largest share of any state. The most common reason cited for not wanting a vaccine was being concerned about possible side effects. Other commonly cited reasons include not trusting COVID-19 vaccines, that they were planning to wait and see if it is safe, and believing they don’t need a vaccine.

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