Special Report

COVID-19: Over 1.1 Million Vaccines Have Been Distributed to Louisiana. This is How Many the State Has Actually Given Out

It has now been 10 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 Feb. 24, 82,114,370 doses of the vaccine have been sent out across the country — equivalent to 25.1% of the U.S. population.

While the distribution of the vaccine is taking longer than initial federal projections had indicated, some states are faring far better than others. Under the current system, named Operation Warp Speed, 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.

Each state has developed its own rollout plan, prioritizing different age groups and classes of essential workers. The mix of policies and logistical challenges across the country has led to wide variations across states in both the percentage of vaccines that have been administered and the percentage of the population that has been vaccinated.

In Louisiana, 80.5% of allocated vaccines have been administered to residents as of Feb. 24, in line with the national average of 79.2% and the 24th largest share of all states.

The administered vaccines amount to 19.5% of the state population, in line with the 19.9% national figure and the 20th smallest 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, 22.7% 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 Louisiana, 31.6% 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 11th largest share of any state. The most common reason cited for not wanting a vaccine is being concerned about possible side effects. Other commonly cited reasons include that they were planning to wait and see if it is safe, not trusting COVID-19 vaccines, and that other people need it more right now.

To determine how states are doing with the vaccine rollout, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. States were ranked based on the number of vaccines administered within a state as a percentage of the number of vaccines distributed to that state by the federal government as of Feb. 24. Data on confirmed COVID-19 cases as of Feb. 24 came from various state and local health departments and were adjusted for population using data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2018 American Community Survey. Data on the percentage of adults who probably or definitely will not get a COVID-19 vaccine and their reasons for not getting one came from the Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey, conducted from Feb. 3, 2021 to Feb. 15, 2021.

Rank State Vaccines distributed from federal gov’t Vaccines administered in state Pct. of vaccines administered Pct. of population vaccinated COVID-19 cases per 100,000
50 Arkansas 794,230 540,192 68.0% 17.9% 10,531
49 Maryland 1,634,945 1,132,483 69.3% 18.7% 6,264
48 Mississippi 720,795 505,655 70.2% 16.9% 9,774
47 Kentucky 1,181,375 851,440 72.1% 19.1% 8,959
46 Pennsylvania 3,268,605 2,381,079 72.8% 18.6% 7,188
45 Tennessee 1,562,170 1,139,836 73.0% 16.8% 11,358
44 Kansas 699,895 517,379 73.9% 17.8% 10,058
43 Hawaii 449,460 333,599 74.2% 23.5% 1,923
42 Alabama 1,084,440 815,108 75.2% 16.7% 10,029
41 Ohio 2,963,035 2,228,732 75.2% 19.1% 8,212
40 Delaware 247,115 186,619 75.5% 19.3% 8,841
39 California 10,168,620 7,728,120 76.0% 19.5% 8,735
38 Indiana 1,704,790 1,298,877 76.2% 19.4% 9,833
37 Nebraska 514,970 392,756 76.3% 20.4% 10,355
36 Oklahoma 1,173,350 906,583 77.3% 23.0% 10,677
35 Virginia 2,283,165 1,765,927 77.3% 20.7% 6,680
34 Rhode Island 272,255 211,660 77.7% 20.0% 11,796
33 Washington 1,920,320 1,493,572 77.8% 19.8% 4,466
32 New York 4,836,200 3,772,702 78.0% 19.3% 8,176
31 Texas 6,151,450 4,800,286 78.0% 16.7% 9,107
30 Alaska 304,875 239,927 78.7% 32.5% 7,863
29 Oregon 1,092,385 864,960 79.2% 20.6% 3,666
28 Georgia 2,369,305 1,880,429 79.4% 17.9% 9,450
27 New Hampshire 344,165 274,267 79.7% 20.2% 5,474
26 Florida 5,483,265 4,406,005 80.4% 20.7% 8,853
25 Illinois 3,005,345 2,416,034 80.4% 19.0% 9,256
24 Louisiana 1,127,670 907,334 80.5% 19.5% 9,162
23 Vermont 178,620 144,085 80.7% 23.0% 2,358
22 Michigan 2,448,580 1,985,511 81.1% 19.9% 6,415
21 Wyoming 167,025 136,163 81.5% 23.6% 9,345
20 North Carolina 2,591,415 2,118,218 81.7% 20.4% 8,182
19 Iowa 746,475 614,928 82.4% 19.5% 10,586
18 Nevada 719,880 598,423 83.1% 19.7% 9,625
17 New Jersey 2,114,690 1,759,059 83.2% 19.7% 8,703
16 South Carolina 1,122,765 941,136 83.8% 18.5% 10,012
15 Maine 355,310 299,427 84.3% 22.4% 3,280
14 Utah 723,510 611,048 84.5% 19.3% 11,661
13 Missouri 1,315,095 1,110,913 84.5% 18.1% 7,775
12 South Dakota 278,670 237,230 85.1% 26.9% 11,262
11 Massachusetts 1,747,380 1,500,077 85.8% 21.7% 8,315
10 Arizona 1,755,635 1,525,794 86.9% 21.3% 11,322
9 Minnesota 1,345,050 1,170,259 87.0% 20.9% 8,569
8 Colorado 1,417,245 1,233,466 87.0% 21.7% 7,437
7 Connecticut 1,025,755 892,882 87.0% 25.0% 7,786
6 Idaho 388,815 340,444 87.6% 19.4% 9,707
5 Wisconsin 1,401,205 1,259,647 89.9% 21.7% 9,655
4 North Dakota 217,480 196,576 90.4% 25.9% 13,095
3 West Virginia 512,865 470,643 91.8% 26.1% 7,220
2 New Mexico 660,415 612,496 92.7% 29.2% 8,771
1 Montana 260,385 243,015 93.3% 22.9% 9,342

These are all the parishes in Louisiana where COVID-19 is slowing (and where it’s still getting worse).