That is what number of COVID-19 vaccines Colorado has obtained to this point


It has now been 55 weeks since the first shipments of the COVID-19 vaccine were shipped to the states, starting the largest vaccination campaign in human history. As of January 4, the US had shipped 614,411,815 doses of the vaccine across the country – that’s 187.2% of the US population.

While the initial vaccine distribution took longer than federal projections suggested, the U.S. has made great strides in the global race to administer vaccines in recent months – and some states are doing far better than others. Under the current system, led by the White House’s COVID-19 Response Team, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is sending the states limited shipments of the vaccine, as well as funding and mandates to distribute the vaccine according to relatively loose federal guidelines. The distribution of the vaccine is based on the size of the adult population in each state, which, according to some experts, can lead to inequalities in states where the spread of COVID-19 is worse and larger proportions of the population are at risk.

Colorado has received a total of 10,837,215 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine as of Jan. 4. When adjusted for the population, Colorado received 188,187.4 vaccines per 100,000 population – in line with the national average of 187,184.0 vaccines per 100,000 Americans and the 19th state.

While Colorado has so far received a similar amount of vaccines per capita as the rest of the country, the state has a need for vaccines on a par with the rest of the country. As of January 4, there were 16,136.8 confirmed cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 Colorado residents – in line with the national rate of 16,728.8 cases per 100,000 Americans and the 13th lowest of all 50 states.

While the federal government distributes vaccines to the states, it is up to the state governments to administer the vaccine, which varies both the percentage of vaccines given and the percentage of the population vaccinated. In Colorado, 88.5% of its allotted vaccines were given to residents, more than the national average of 83.4% and the seventh largest proportion of any state.

The vaccines administered make up 166.6% of the state’s population, more than the 156.2% state figure and the 13th largest proportion of any state.

While the majority of Americans remain unvaccinated due to a lack of care, there are some who have no plans at all to get a vaccine. According to a survey by the US Census Bureau, 59.2% of US adults 18 years of age and older who have not yet received the vaccine are unlikely to receive any, or definitely not, COVID-19 vaccine in the future. In Colorado, 62.1% of adults who have not yet received the vaccine say they are unlikely to get any vaccine, or definitely not, in the future, the 25th-smallest proportion of any state. The most common reason for not having a vaccine was concerns about possible side effects. Other common reasons cited include not trusting COVID-19 vaccines, wanting to wait to see if it is safe, and not trusting the government.

To determine which states receive the most and least vaccines from the federal government, Wall St. reviewed data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 24/7. States were ranked based on the number of vaccines given per 100,000 residents on Jan. 4. The number of vaccines was adjusted for the population using annual data from the Census Bureau’s 2019 American Community Survey. The data on confirmed COVID-19 cases as of January 4 came from various state and local health authorities and was adjusted for the population based on ACS data from 2019. Data on the percentage of adults likely not to or definitely not to receive a COVID-19 vaccine and their reasons for not getting one comes from the Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey, which ran from August 18, 2021 to August 30, 2021 was carried out.

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This story was originally published by 24/7 Wall St., a news organization that produces real-time business commentary and data-driven reporting for state and local markets across the country.

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