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

Richard Evans
·4 min read

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

Missed second dose: 0.9 percent

48

Indiana

Missed second dose: 1.0 percent

47

Michigan

Missed second dose: 1.2 percent

46

Mississippi

Missed second dose: 1.3 percent

45

Wisconsin

Missed second dose: 1.3 percent

44

Oregon

Missed second dose: 1.6 percent

43

West Virginia

Missed second dose: 1.7 percent

42

Maryland

Missed second dose: 1.7 percent

41

Colorado

Missed second dose: 1.7 percent

40

Rhode Island

Missed second dose: 2.0 percent

39

Idaho

Missed second dose: 2.0 percent

38

Iowa

Missed second dose: 2.0 percent

37

Wyoming

Missed second dose: 2.3 percent

36

New Hampshire

Missed second dose: 2.3 percent

35

Delaware

Missed second dose: 2.5 percent

34

North Dakota

Missed second dose: 2.5 percent

33

South Carolina

Missed second dose: 2.5 percent

32

Missouri

Missed second dose: 2.5 percent

31

Alaska

Missed second dose: 2.6 percent

30

Nevada

Missed second dose: 2.6 percent

29

Connecticut

Missed second dose: 2.6 percent

28

Oklahoma

Missed second dose: 2.7 percent

27

Georgia

Missed second dose: 2.7 percent

26

Ohio

Missed second dose: 2.7 percent

25

Vermont

Missed second dose: 2.8 percent

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24

Alabama

Missed second dose: 2.8 percent

23

Arizona

Missed second dose: 2.9 percent

22

New Jersey

Missed second dose: 3.1 percent

21

Florida

Missed second dose: 3.1 percent

20

Minnesota

Missed second dose: 3.2 percent

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19

Washington

Missed second dose: 3.2 percent

18

Tennessee

Missed second dose: 3.2 percent

17

Pennsylvania

Missed second dose: 3.2 percent

16

North Carolina

Missed second dose: 3.3 percent

15

South Dakota

Missed second dose: 3.5 percent

14

Montana

Missed second dose: 3.6 percent

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13

California

Missed second dose: 3.8 percent

12

Utah

Missed second dose: 4.0 percent

11

New Mexico

Missed second dose: 4.1 percent

10

New York

Missed second dose: 4.2 percent

9

Hawaii

Missed second dose: 4.3 percent

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8

Nebraska

Missed second dose: 4.3 percent

7

Arkansas

Missed second dose: 4.7 percent

6

Maine

Missed second dose: 4.9 percent

5

Illinois

Missed second dose: 5.0 percent

4

Kansas

Missed second dose: 5.4 percent

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3

Kentucky

Missed second dose: 5.8 percent

2

Massachusetts

Missed second dose: 6.6 percent

1

Virginia

Missed second dose: 7.8 percent

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