Special Report

COVID-19: Over 17.8 Million Vaccines Have Been Distributed to Virginia. This is How Many the State Has Actually Given Out

It has now been 57 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 January 20, 655,282,365 doses of the vaccine have been sent out across the country — equivalent to 199.6% 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.

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 Virginia, 84.4% of allocated vaccines have been administered to residents as of January 20, greater than the national average of 81.2% and the 12th largest share of all states.

The administered doses amount to 177.1% of the state population, greater than the 162.0% national figure and the 10th 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, 59.2% 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 Virginia, 58.1% 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 17th smallest 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 not trusting the government, not trusting COVID-19 vaccines, and that they were planning to wait and see if it is safe.

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 January 20. Data on confirmed COVID-19 cases as of January 20 came from various state and local health departments and were adjusted for population using data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2019 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 August 18, 2021 to August 30, 2021.

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

Rank State Vaccines distributed from federal gov’t Vaccines administered in state Pct. of vaccines administered Vaccines administered as % of pop. COVID-19 cases per 100,000
50 Alabama 8,736,560 5,831,563 66.7% 118.9% 22,197
49 Idaho 3,066,170 2,108,977 68.8% 118.0% 19,272
48 West Virginia 3,682,625 2,566,332 69.7% 143.2% 21,914
47 Georgia 19,598,835 13,841,416 70.6% 130.4% 20,349
46 Arkansas 5,459,950 3,951,478 72.4% 130.9% 22,798
45 Mississippi 4,983,715 3,632,687 72.9% 122.1% 22,078
44 South Carolina 9,431,445 6,997,241 74.2% 135.9% 23,812
43 Indiana 11,811,700 8,885,173 75.2% 132.0% 21,899
42 Texas 55,763,515 42,413,592 76.1% 146.3% 19,466
41 Michigan 19,001,810 14,524,082 76.4% 145.4% 20,661
40 Alaska 1,371,105 1,055,678 77.0% 144.3% 23,557
39 Kentucky 7,931,695 6,114,443 77.1% 136.9% 22,712
38 Maryland 14,130,740 10,974,567 77.7% 181.5% 15,109
37 Pennsylvania 27,305,655 21,221,427 77.7% 165.8% 19,434
36 Kansas 5,448,955 4,254,401 78.1% 146.0% 21,325
35 South Dakota 1,675,775 1,308,784 78.1% 147.9% 23,218
34 North Carolina 19,850,000 15,529,382 78.2% 148.1% 20,313
33 Oregon 9,088,145 7,126,698 78.4% 169.0% 12,837
32 Louisiana 7,446,950 5,857,055 78.7% 126.0% 22,065
31 Delaware 2,096,235 1,650,688 78.7% 169.5% 23,710
30 New Jersey 19,912,775 15,719,685 78.9% 177.0% 22,682
29 Wyoming 894,665 707,589 79.1% 122.3% 22,557
28 Ohio 21,005,615 16,673,418 79.4% 142.6% 20,693
27 Tennessee 11,628,430 9,231,760 79.4% 135.2% 24,541
26 Missouri 10,510,835 8,377,068 79.7% 136.5% 19,646
25 Iowa 5,980,635 4,783,551 80.0% 151.6% 21,074
24 Florida 43,526,885 34,854,962 80.1% 162.3% 24,196
23 New Hampshire 3,094,630 2,520,057 81.4% 185.3% 18,429
22 Montana 1,812,155 1,489,537 82.2% 139.4% 20,209
21 Washington 15,970,165 13,162,663 82.4% 172.9% 14,519
20 Utah 5,699,880 4,699,321 82.4% 146.6% 24,648
19 Arizona 13,305,320 10,971,347 82.5% 150.7% 22,610
18 Nebraska 3,592,150 2,972,050 82.7% 153.6% 20,807
17 Oklahoma 6,650,810 5,523,657 83.1% 139.6% 21,557
16 North Dakota 1,253,360 1,042,680 83.2% 136.8% 26,141
15 Minnesota 11,446,090 9,527,970 83.2% 168.9% 20,372
14 Nevada 5,375,790 4,517,072 84.0% 146.7% 19,366
13 Illinois 24,734,555 20,863,825 84.4% 164.6% 21,173
12 Virginia 17,895,875 15,112,989 84.4% 177.1% 16,635
11 Hawaii 3,141,920 2,660,175 84.7% 187.9% 12,462
10 Rhode Island 2,409,965 2,051,079 85.1% 193.6% 29,956
9 California 81,494,185 69,549,938 85.3% 176.0% 18,186
8 Maine 3,059,650 2,623,366 85.7% 195.2% 12,122
7 New York 41,855,765 36,034,355 86.1% 185.2% 23,496
6 Vermont 1,510,880 1,307,285 86.5% 209.5% 13,641
5 Colorado 11,338,585 9,899,278 87.3% 171.9% 19,913
4 Massachusetts 15,443,690 13,673,242 88.5% 198.4% 21,578
3 Connecticut 7,896,715 6,996,233 88.6% 196.2% 18,447
2 New Mexico 4,035,545 3,590,429 89.0% 171.2% 20,039
1 Wisconsin 10,585,675 9,512,543 89.9% 163.4% 24,051

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