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Alabama now has the lowest full COVID-19 vaccination rate in the country.
According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only 33.2% of Alabama̵
Alabama started last year dead in vaccine rollout and had been penultimate in this poll in recent months, with only Mississippi experiencing fewer completed vaccinations. Mississippi reported to the CDC nearly 100,000 new fully vaccinated individuals Thursday, a jump of 3.3 percentage points.
The sudden increase that may have been caused by a delay in reporting to the CDC, which may mean that the Mississippi has been ahead of Alabama for some time. The Mississippi Department of Health had not yet answered questions about a possible backlog Friday afternoon.
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Alabama also does not report data every day – the state updates its COVID-19 vaccine dashboard only twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays, although it appears that the state reports to the CDC daily. The Alabama Department of Public Health said Friday that there is no backlog of reported vaccines left from the Fourth of July holiday here.
And Alabama has proven to get wins in its rollout, at least when it comes to delivering the first shot. The state now leads Mississippi, Louisiana, Idaho and Wyoming in the percentage of the total population that has had at least one dose of a vaccine.
Whether Alabama died last or not from scratch does not really matter – the number of vaccines is relatively low, which infectious disease experts say places it among the states most likely to have another outbreak this fall.
And the state currently has no plans to speed up the vaccination rate with incentives like lotteries.
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