The omicron variant pushed new daily cases of COVID-19 to all-time highs in the United States and underscored the urgency of the national vaccination effort. So far, an estimated 217,498,967 Americans have been fully vaccinated, or 66.5% of the population.
Some states are proving more effective than others in getting their residents vaccinated. Depending on the state, the share of the population that has been fully vaccinated ranges from as low as 50.8% all the way up to 81.7%.
Due in large part to vaccine hesitancy and resistance, millions of doses are currently sitting idle under the purview of state governments, yet to be administered. As of March 29, only about 79.8% of the 701,686,200 doses of the vaccine that have been distributed to the 50 states and Washington D.C. have been administered. In one state, only 65.5% of delivered doses have gone into the arms of residents.
Meanwhile, the virus continues to spread. In total, there have been 24,216 known infections for every 100,000 people nationwide.
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