Just 18 states and Washington, D.C. surpassed President Biden’s goal of partially or fully vaccinating at least 70% of their residents against Covid-19 by the July 4 holiday, as many in the South, Midwest and East lagged far behind in a rollout divided starkly along party lines.
Among the minority of states that did reach Biden’s goal, Vermont, Hawaii and Massachusetts boasted the highest vaccination rates, with over 80% of all adult residents at least partially inoculated, according to a tracker run by The New York Times.
On the other end of the spectrum, three states—Mississippi, Louisiana and Wyoming—are yet to crack a 50% vaccination rate.
The state with the lowest partial vaccination rate (at 46.3%) is Mississippi, which is also the poorest state in the country.
Marking little progress since mid-June, about a third of U.S. states have not yet surpassed a 60% vaccination rate: North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, North Dakota, Montana, Idaho, Nevada, Arizona and Alaska.
Meanwhile, seven states are hovering just above the 50% vaccination threshold: Alabama (50.2%), Tennessee (52%), West Virginia (52.0%), Idaho (52.8%), Arkansas (52.8%), Georgia (54.4%) and South Carolina (54.6%).
All 18 states that surpassed Biden’s goal voted for him in the 2020 election: Vermont, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, New Mexico, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Maryland, California, Washington, New Hampshire, New York, Illinois, Virginia, Delaware and Minnesota. A reflection of the political divide of the vaccine rollout, the states with the lowest inoculation rates are overwhelmingly red, with just three not won by former President Donald Trump in the last election.