Medical experts fear summertime spike as US sees uneven state vaccination rates


GREENE COUNTY, Ohio (WDTN) – On Tuesday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that the country has vaccinated 60% of adults with one dose or more of the COVID-19 vaccine.

However, CDC data indicates that that number isn’t reflected in all 50 states, with many medical experts worried a summertime spike may occur as some states fall behind in vaccinations.

The data tracker shows states like Indiana, Texas, Arkansas, Mississippi, Georgia and Alabama all have less than 75,000 doses administered per 100,000 people.

“I don’t think it’s all political. I think it’s access. I think it’s higher rates of poverty, people living in rural areas where it’s harder to get access to the vaccine,” said Dr. Jeffrey Weinstein, patient safety officer at Kettering Health.

That same data shows New Mexico, Massachusetts, Vermont and Connecticut all sitting over 95,000 doses administered per 100,000 people.

“We might have parts of the country that really have reached herd immunity. There’s kind of a wall that COVID’s not gonna be able to take off like wildfire there,” said Weinstein.

The goal remains, continue getting vaccinations into as many arms as possible, and spreading the word to people about vaccine facts.

“Go to reputable sites. Talk to your doctor. Sources that you can trust,” said Dr. Weinstein.

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