The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention reports that 45 million Americans older than 64 years of age, or 82%, have received at least one dose of an approved SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, as of April 26.
In this highly vulnerable cohort of senior citizens, who account for 80% of America's COVID deaths, 37 million are fully vaccinated, or 68%.
Overall, 141 million of America's 331 million people, or 43%, have received at least one dose.
Fully vaccinated Americans of all ages are 95 million, or 29%.
States that have the best senior citizen vaccination rates are: New Hampshire, a mind-bogglingly 99.9%; Vermont, 95%; Pennsylvania and Massachusetts, 91%; Connecticut, 90%; South Dakota and Kansas, 88%; and Minnesota and Delaware, 87%.
Among America's four most populous states, California has 5.7 million seniors, of whom 5.1 million, or 89%, have been jabbed.
Of Florida's 4.4 million, injections have been administered to 3.7 million, or 83%
Texas has 3.6 million seniors, of whom 2.9 million, or 77%, have been injected.
Of New York's 3.2 million, shots have been given to 2.5 million, or 77%.
California's Democratic Gov. Gavin Newson was slow in prioritizing seniors for inoculation, and his state suffered a horrendous 48,000 deaths from all causes in January 2021.
But as a result of Newsom's drastic change of vaccination policy, 24,000 Californians died in March 2021, or a remarkable 50% decline.
In addition to Texas and New York, states with senior vaccination rates worrisomely lower than the national average of 82% are: Nevada and Idaho, 76%, Georgia, 75%; Missouri, 75%; Louisiana, 74%; Wyoming and Arkansas, 73%; Alabama, 72%; Mississippi, 71%; and West Virginia, 70%.
The District of Columbia's 76% vaccination rate also lags the national average.
As of April 26, of the 291 million doses delivered to the states, 231 million, or 79%, have been injected. Of the 60 million un-administered doses, 44 million are earmarked second shots of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. (Johnson & Johnson's vaccine requires just one shot.)
Therefore, for the 10 million American senior citizens who have not received an injection, 16 million doses are currently available in the states, and are not reserved as second shots. (This 70-year-old received Moderna jabs in February and March, and I suffered no side effects or serious illnesses during the last two and one-half months.)
The lagging 12 states and the District of Columbia can catch up by focusing on several groups who have significant vaccination avoidance.
Fifty-three percent of injections have gone to females, and only 47% to males. But 55% of COVID decedents are men, and 45% are female.
While only 55% of vaccinated Americans answered the racial or ethnicity questions on the form that must be completed before jabbing, 12% of total doses have been given to Hispanic Americans, who are 19% of the nation's population.
Black Americans have received 9% of injections, but they represent 13% of the total population.
Finally, as a result of America's unprecedented vaccine successes (thank you former President Donald Trump), deaths from all causes have declined precipitously since Dec. 2020, when there were 360,000.
In Jan. 2021, there were 356,000 deaths.
In Feb., there were 267,000 deaths.
In March, there were 240,000 fatalities recorded by the CDC, with an estimated another 10,000 that haven't yet been counted.
Thus, December had 11,600 deaths per day, but in February there were 9,500 daily, or a fantastic 18% decline.
A more granular perspective, in deaths from all causes over the last four months, is provided by comparing the 85,000 fatalities for the week ending on Jan. 2, 2021, the deadliest week since the SARS-CoV-2 epidemic erupted in March 2020, to the 63,000 fatalities for the week ending on Feb. 27, 2021, or a 26% decline.
The almost-completed total of 52,000 deaths, for the week ending March 27, 2021, represents another 17% decline between late February and late March 2021.
These 52,000 deaths from all causes are the lowest total for any week since January 2020. The lowest total during 2020 were the 57,970 deaths that occurred during the week ending June 20, 2020.
Mark Schulte is a retired New York City schoolteacher and mathematician who has written extensively about science and the history of science. Read Mark Schulte's Reports — More Here.
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