The state of Arkansas has given out 70 percent of its received COVID-19 vaccine doses, according to the latest Arkansas Department of Health report.
As of Thursday, May 6, Arkansas has received a total of 2,538,070 vaccine doses, an increase of 3,500 doses from Wednesday. Of this total, the state has administered 1,777,556 doses.
This is a vaccination administration rate of approximately 70.03 percent.
“When the first vaccines were distributed in December, we had over 1,000 hospitalizations and nearly 21,000 active cases. Looking at today’s report, we can tell the vaccine is effective. Getting vaccinated protects you, your neighbors, and all those you care about,” Gov. Asa Hutchinson said in a statement.
While Arkansas’ vaccine administration rate has risen, it is still below the overall U.S. rate.
Across the United States, there have been 324,610,185 vaccine doses delivered, as of Thursday, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There have been 251,973,752 doses administered. This is an vaccine administration rate of 77.62 percent
There have been 108,926,627 individuals in the United States who have been fully vaccinated, which accounts for 32.8 percent of the population. There are 149,462,265 individuals who have at least one dose, which is 45 percent of the U.S. population.
Hutchinson announced on Tuesday, May 4 that the state was setting a goal of having 50 percent of the state’s population with at least one vaccine dose administered within 90 days. At the announcement, Hutchinson said that 467,206 more Arkansans must have at least one shotto reach the 50 percent mark.