FL is still below national averages for residents fully vaccinated, plus people getting just one of the vaccine shots

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With the month of May almost over, 37.8 percent of Florida residents have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, slightly lower than the national average of 39.5 percent, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

That means residents have gotten both shots — Pfizer or Moderna — and the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

But Florida still lags behind many northern states when it comes to fully vaccinating its residents. Those include Vermont at 53.1 percent, Maine, (52.9), Connecticut (51.8), Massachusetts (50.8) and Rhode Island (50).

States with the lowest percent of residents fully vaccinated are southern states, including Mississippi (26.8 percent), Alabama (28.9), Arkansas (30.3), Louisiana (30.6) and Georgia (30.7).

The CDC also tracks vaccinations in states where residents have gotten just one of the shots. In that scenario, Florida is at 48 percent, slightly below the average of 49.5 percent.

In fact, almost half the states in the country are at 50 percent or higher when it comes to residents getting just one shot. But not Florida.

The states with the highest percent of residents with one shot are Vermont, at 69.9 percent, Hawaii (65.3), Massachusetts (65), New Hampshire (64.5) and Maine (62.2).

Diane Rado
Diane Rado has covered state and local government and public schools in six states over some 30 years, focusing on policy and investigative stories as well as legislative and political reporting. She spent most of her career at the St. Petersburg (Tampa Bay) Times and the Chicago Tribune. She has a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and did a fellowship in education reform at the University of Michigan in 1999-2000. She is married to a journalist and has three adult children.