This Is How Many People in Your State Are Missing Their Second Doses

You need both shots of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines for maximum protection against COVID.

As more and more people across the country get vaccinated, Americans are breathing a sigh of relief at the prospect of being protected from coronavirus. For maximum efficacy, two of the approved vaccines—Pfizer's and Moderna's—require two separate shots, spaced three or four weeks apart depending on the vaccine. As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website states, to be considered "fully vaccinated," you must wait two weeks after the second dose of your Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or two weeks after your single dose of Johnson & Johnson's vaccine. That means that anyone who only gets the first dose of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines is significantly more vulnerable to a COVID infection. And as it turns out, a substantial number of people in every state are missing their second doses.

On March 15, the CDC released an early report from their journal Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, which documents the vaccination completion status of individuals across the country, including the percentage of people in every state who didn't get their second shot. While the CDC has allowed for slight delays in second doses in extenuating circumstances, not receiving the second shot after 42 days is considered missing the dose. (Note that, per the report, "Texas did not submit individual-dose vaccination data," so there are 49 states included.)

Read on to find out where your state ranks when it comes to the percentage of vaccinated people who are missing their second doses, and for more advice on what is and isn't safe post-shot, see why Dr. Fauci Just Said to Avoid This One Place, Even If You're Vaccinated.

49
Louisiana

cityscape photo of downtown Baton Rouge, Louisiana at night
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Missed second dose: 0.9 percent

48
Indiana

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Missed second dose: 1.0 percent

47
Michigan

cityscape photo of Detroit, Michigan at night
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Missed second dose: 1.2 percent

46
Mississippi

cityscape photos of a traffic on a street next to the Biloxi Lighthouse in Biloxi, Mississippi at night
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Missed second dose: 1.3 percent

45
Wisconsin

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Missed second dose: 1.3 percent

44
Oregon

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Missed second dose: 1.6 percent

43
West Virginia

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Missed second dose: 1.7 percent

42
Maryland

the Baltimore skyline and Inner Harbor Promenade in Baltimore, Maryland
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Missed second dose: 1.7 percent

41
Colorado

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Missed second dose: 1.7 percent

40
Rhode Island

The skyline of Providence, Rhode Island from the water at dusk
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Missed second dose: 2.0 percent

39
Idaho

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Missed second dose: 2.0 percent

38
Iowa

city skyline and Parkway bridge in downtown Des Moines, Iowa
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Missed second dose: 2.0 percent

37
Wyoming

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Missed second dose: 2.3 percent

36
New Hampshire

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Missed second dose: 2.3 percent

35
Delaware

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Missed second dose: 2.5 percent

34
North Dakota

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Missed second dose: 2.5 percent

33
South Carolina

cityscape photos of bridge, lake, and apartment buildings in Greenville, South Carolina at dusk
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Missed second dose: 2.5 percent

32
Missouri

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Missed second dose: 2.5 percent

31
Alaska

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Missed second dose: 2.6 percent

30
Nevada

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Missed second dose: 2.6 percent

29
Connecticut

fast moving traffic on a highway and buildings in Hartford, Connecticut at dusk
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Missed second dose: 2.6 percent

28
Oklahoma

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Missed second dose: 2.7 percent

27
Georgia

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Missed second dose: 2.7 percent

26
Ohio

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Missed second dose: 2.7 percent

25
Vermont

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Missed second dose: 2.8 percent

And for more CDC reports to keep in mind, The CDC Says Don't Take This After Your Vaccine Without a Doctor's OK.

24
Alabama

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Missed second dose: 2.8 percent

23
Arizona

cityscape photo of a canal reflection in the foreground and downtown Scottsdale, Arizona at night
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Missed second dose: 2.9 percent

22
New Jersey

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Missed second dose: 3.1 percent

21
Florida

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Missed second dose: 3.1 percent

20
Minnesota

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Missed second dose: 3.2 percent

And for more on the COVID vaccine, Dr. Fauci Says Your COVID Vaccine Protects You For This Long.

19
Washington

city skyline and busy highway in Seattle, Washington at night
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Missed second dose: 3.2 percent

18
Tennessee

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Missed second dose: 3.2 percent

17
Pennsylvania

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Missed second dose: 3.2 percent

16
North Carolina

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Missed second dose: 3.3 percent

15
South Dakota

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Missed second dose: 3.5 percent

14
Montana

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Missed second dose: 3.6 percent

And for more vaccine advice to follow, Don't Do This the Night Before Your Vaccine Appointment, Experts Say.

13
California

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Missed second dose: 3.8 percent

12
Utah

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Missed second dose: 4.0 percent

11
New Mexico

buildings in and the city skyline of downtown Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Missed second dose: 4.1 percent

10
New York

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Missed second dose: 4.2 percent

9
Hawaii

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Missed second dose: 4.3 percent

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8
Nebraska

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Missed second dose: 4.3 percent

7
Arkansas

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Missed second dose: 4.7 percent

6
Maine

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Missed second dose: 4.9 percent

5
Illinois

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Missed second dose: 5.0 percent

4
Kansas

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Missed second dose: 5.4 percent

And for more vaccine information from the country's leading experts, learn why The CDC Says Don't Do This Until 4 Weeks After Getting Vaccinated.

3
Kentucky

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Missed second dose: 5.8 percent

2
Massachusetts

cityscape photos of buildings and shops in Quincy Market in Boston, Massachusetts at twilight
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Missed second dose: 6.6 percent

1
Virginia

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Missed second dose: 7.8 percent

And for more on the future of the pandemic, Dr. Fauci Says COVID Restrictions Will Be "Much More Liberal" by This Date.

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