Five states have yet to administer one dose of the coronavirus vaccine to half their population as vaccinations in the U.S. have slowed in recent months.
Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Wyoming are all struggling to get their population vaccinated, with data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week showing they have not given one dose to more than 50 percent of their populations.
The vaccine hesitancy in these states and other regions of the country could threaten President Biden’s goal to get 70 percent of the country one coronavirus shot by the Fourth of July.
Alabama’s deputy health officer Karen Landers said the state will not be able to meet Biden’s goal “but that does not deter us from encouraging people to get the vaccine,” The Associated Press reported.
The CDC says there are 142 million fully-vaccinated individuals in the country, but vaccinations have slowed down as the president and health officials are focusing their attention on individuals who might have reservations about getting inoculated.
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