Special Report

This is How Many COVID-19 Vaccines Rhode Island Has Received So Far

It has now been 41 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 September 26, the U.S. has sent 471,814,235 doses of the vaccine across the country — equivalent to 143.7% 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.

Rhode Island has received a total of 1,698,635 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine as of September 26. Adjusted for population, Rhode Island has received 160,345.2 vaccines per 100,000 residents — more than the national average of 143,740.8 vaccines per 100,000 Americans and the 5th most of any state.

While Rhode Island has so far received more 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 September 26, there were 16,048.3 confirmed cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 residents in Rhode Island — greater than the national rate of 12,887.2 cases per 100,000 Americans and the seventh 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 Rhode Island, 85.4% of allocated vaccines have been administered to residents, greater than the national average of 82.7% and the 13th largest share of all states.

The administered vaccines amount to 137.0% of the state population, greater than the 118.9% national figure and the fourth 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 Rhode Island, 73.1% 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 fourth 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, believing they don’t need a vaccine, and not trusting the government.

To determine the states getting the most and least vaccines from the federal government, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. States were ranked based on the number of vaccines administered as of September 26 per 100,000 residents. Vaccine counts were adjusted for population using one-year data from the Census Bureau’s 2019 American Community Survey. Data on confirmed COVID-19 cases as of September 26 came from various state and local health departments and were adjusted for population using 2019 ACS data. Data on the percentage of adults who probably will not 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 Rhode Island where COVID-19 is slowing (and where it’s still getting worse).

Rank State Population Vaccines distributed per 100,000 Vaccines administered as % of pop. COVID-19 cases per 100,000
1 Vermont 623,989 165,799 143.3% 4,784
2 West Virginia 1,792,147 165,454 86.0% 12,695
3 Maryland 6,045,680 164,407 131.0% 8,663
4 Hawaii 1,415,872 162,448 131.6% 5,238
5 Rhode Island 1,059,361 160,345 137.0% 16,048
6 Delaware 973,764 159,801 122.5% 13,271
7 Oregon 4,217,737 158,732 123.1% 7,518
8 Maine 1,344,212 158,366 134.6% 6,388
9 Massachusetts 6,892,503 158,222 141.4% 11,591
10 New Hampshire 1,359,711 157,106 127.9% 8,528
11 New Jersey 8,882,190 156,861 129.0% 12,828
12 Connecticut 3,565,287 156,819 140.4% 10,845
13 Florida 21,477,737 151,375 123.7% 16,442
14 New York 19,453,561 150,639 132.2% 12,270
15 Pennsylvania 12,801,989 150,115 125.7% 10,875
16 Virginia 8,535,519 148,524 126.6% 9,923
17 Washington 7,614,893 148,059 124.7% 8,316
18 California 39,512,223 147,088 127.5% 11,730
19 Texas 28,995,881 143,348 111.1% 13,650
20 Alaska 731,545 142,753 106.1% 13,685
21 Colorado 5,758,736 140,825 123.8% 11,406
22 Illinois 12,671,821 140,329 120.1% 12,668
23 New Mexico 2,096,829 139,477 131.9% 11,797
24 Minnesota 5,639,632 137,138 117.3% 12,271
25 North Carolina 10,488,084 136,153 106.5% 12,938
26 Georgia 10,617,423 135,443 99.8% 14,586
27 Alabama 4,903,185 135,413 91.5% 15,947
28 Michigan 9,986,857 135,092 105.7% 11,270
29 Arizona 7,278,717 134,931 112.2% 14,740
30 Iowa 3,155,070 132,381 108.6% 13,983
31 Kansas 2,913,314 132,349 105.1% 13,796
32 Arkansas 3,017,804 132,332 99.2% 16,181
33 South Dakota 884,659 131,687 107.0% 16,023
34 South Carolina 5,148,714 131,356 101.2% 16,215
35 Nebraska 1,934,408 130,297 111.2% 13,532
36 Nevada 3,080,156 129,136 109.5% 13,453
37 Mississippi 2,976,149 127,443 92.6% 16,175
38 Kentucky 4,467,673 127,389 109.5% 14,907
39 Ohio 11,689,100 126,840 102.7% 11,684
40 Missouri 6,137,428 126,839 101.8% 13,165
41 Wisconsin 5,822,434 126,290 115.9% 13,518
42 Oklahoma 3,956,971 125,973 103.9% 15,243
43 Tennessee 6,829,174 124,819 99.4% 17,571
44 Louisiana 4,648,794 124,432 96.4% 15,746
45 Montana 1,068,778 123,970 100.9% 13,457
46 Utah 3,205,958 123,718 106.3% 15,516
47 Indiana 6,732,219 122,448 99.5% 13,979
48 Idaho 1,787,065 122,151 86.8% 13,808
49 North Dakota 762,062 120,299 96.7% 16,785
50 Wyoming 578,759 112,946 88.8% 14,962