COVID-19 vaccine: How do N.Y.’s numbers compare to top five most populated states?


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ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10)- The struggle to get New Yorkers vaccinated against COVID-19 continues. The number of vaccines being shipped to the state has increased in recent weeks but there are still millions of people still left to be vaccinated.

How are vaccination efforts in New York, the fourth most populated state in the U.S., compared to the top five most populated states including California, Texas, Florida, and Pennsylvania?

New York has administered the greatest percentage of COVID-19 doses delivered by the Federal Government, according to the most recent data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 86.9%. California, Texas, Florida, and Pennsylvania have administered 81.2%, 82.7%, 85.7%, and 77.2% respectively.

COVID-19 vaccine in top five most populated states

Doses deliveredDoses administeredFully vaccinated
New York4,171,1753,621,9731,167,934
Source: CDC

There is a slight discrepancy in the number of vaccines sent to New York between the CDC and the New York Department of Health (DOH). The CDC is reporting 4,171,175 doses have been delivered to N.Y. and the DOH is reporting 3,743,810.

The difference between what the CDC versus what the DOH is reporting can be attributed to how they calculate their numbers, said DOH Director of Public Information, Jonah Bruno. The CDC numbers include doses reserved (including those reserved for the Federal Long-Term Care Facility Program) and those scheduled for shipment.

Whereas N.Y. only reports the number of vaccines on the COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard that have actually been delivered. The number also does not include doses reserved for the Federal Long-Term Care Facility Program, Bruno said.

To get a better idea of how vaccinations are going in these states in terms of total vaccinated, the CDC also calculates the number of doses delivered, administered, first dose, and fully vaccinated people per 100k in each state.

Florida received the greatest number of vaccines per 100K, almost 24K. They also administered the greatest number nearly 20.5K per 100K. N.Y. received the fourth greatest number of vaccines per 100K, 21.4K, and administered 18.6K.

COVID-19 vaccine in top five most populated states
(per 100K)

Doses deliveredDoses administeredFully vaccinated
New York21,44218,6196,004
Source: CDC

Wondering about COVID-19 vaccinations in other states? NEWS10 created an interactive map that shows the number of doses delivered and administered.

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