These States Have Had the Slowest Vaccine Rollout

The vaccine distribution plan hasn't gone smoothly everywhere. Is your state lagging behind?

Right now, states are kicking off our nation's efforts to roll out the COVID vaccine. So far, more than 13 million doses have been distributed with the intent of inoculating frontline healthcare workers and the long-term care residents. However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 4.2 million Americans have received a first shot as of Jan. 2. As experts point out, our nation's sluggish pace of inoculation is disproportionately concentrated in certain states. USA Today reports that the vaccine distribution plan has effectively created "winners" and "losers," with some states having the resources they need to vaccinate high priority groups, and others falling dismally short. Read on to see if your state is lagging behind, and for more insights on the vaccine, check out The CDC Just Changed This Important COVID Vaccine Guideline.

The number of doses allocated to each state is determined by how many adults reside there—not by how many high-priority individuals need vaccination. This will mean that while certain states lack the supplies to vaccinate their highest risk groups, stalling the entire process, others will swiftly move on to vaccinating lower priority groups.

Out of all 50 states, there are a handful that fall into a particularly dangerous category, according to the CDC. These are states that have vaccinated under 1,000 people per 100,000 residents, making them home to the slowest vaccine rollouts in the nation.

While "winning" states like North Dakota and South Dakota have already inoculated residents at a rate just shy of 3,000 first doses per 100,000 presidents, these states are falling fair behind. Read on to find out which states have had the slowest vaccine rollout in the country as of Jan. 2, according to the CDC, and for more on the COVID vaccine, check out These Are the Only People Who Shouldn't Get 2 Doses of the COVID Vaccine.

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city skyline and Chesapeake Bay in Annapolis, Maryland in the afternoon

991 doses administered per 100,000 residents

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South Carolina

city skyline and highway in Columbia, South Carolina at night

955 doses administered per 100,000 residents



906 doses administered per 100,000 residents

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North Carolina

city skyline of Raleigh, North Carolina at dusk

905 doses administered per 100,000 residents


cityscape photo of downtown Mesa, Arizona

812 doses administered per 100,000 residents


mobile alabama skyline

804 doses administered per 100,000 residents


city skyline and Mississippi Stat Capitol Building in Jackson, Mississippi

711 doses administered per 100,000 residents

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cityscape photo of fast moving traffic on a highway and building in Atlanta, Georgia at night

708 doses administered per 100,000 residents


cityscape photo of Wichita, Kansas at dusk

674 doses administered per 100,000 residents

And for more on how your state is doing overall, check out This Is How Bad the COVID Outbreak Is in Your State.

Lauren Gray
Lauren Gray is a New York-based writer, editor, and consultant. Read more
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